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re: SAE-Never again
Again, thanks to all who replied!
Just FYI, I don't think the net method would have worked, because as soon as
the SAE saw a net near the tank, even before I would open the hood, they
would disappear. I actually think that SAE do vary in smarts, because I had
5, and one of them was ridiculously easy to catch. I never did try the tank
overfill method - I don't think it would have gone over too well with the
The rotala and mayaca were healthy, to the best of my knowledge, but it's
hard to tell when new leaves are eaten within days of appearing. There is no
other algae in the tank of a kind that appeals to SAE.
I am giving up on SAE permanently. I'm not the only one who has had these
kinds of problems with them, and I am not willing to risk it again. I was
able to replace the Rotala w. they destroyed, but what if it had been a
really rare, really cool plant for which I'd paid the big bucks?
I'll post a picture of the decimated tank soon to show what those blasted
fish drove me to.
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