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Re: SAE's & Java Moss


I had 4 full grown SAE's in my 80. When I introduced Java Moss, they
immediately went to it and stripped it so that it no longer looked like
moss, but tiny green threads. I no longer have them in my tank. That's been
my experience.

When visiting a friend's house (and his nice planted tanks), I noticed that
his Java Moss was nothing but threads. Sure enough, one of his SAE's came
out into the open and started in on the Java Moss (as well as uprooting

Rick says he's had no problems with them. Hey, Rick, care to sell those
particular SAE's? ;-)

Walter B. Klockers
Plano, TX

> Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2003 12:07:33 -0400
> From: "Pete" <peteal at sympatico_ca>
> Subject: Siamese Algae eaters and Java Moss
> Hello, I'v been thinking of picking up a couple of SAE's but just wanted
> know if they are safe with java moss.  I got a pair of nicely covered
> and don't want the SAE's eating them :)
> Thanks
> Peter.
> I have SAE's in 4 tanks all of which have Java Moss in them and they don't
> touch it or if they do it grows fast enough that I don't notice it at all.
> Rick
> ------------------------------
> Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2003 08:03:12 -0500
> From: Rick Engstrom <rengstrom at shaw_ca>
> Subject: RE: Aquatic Plants Digest V6 #118
> - ------------------------------
> Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2003 14:26:37 EDT
> From: Dgrim62 at cs_com
> Subject: wholesale fish advertisements
> I have been getting a steady stream of sales pitches from South American
> fish
> wholesalers, probably 3-4 a week.
> I can't think of anywhere else they would have gotten my email address
> except
> here. I don't read any other aquarium related bulletin boards.
> Anyone else been getting these?
> I tell them to take me off their list, as I am only a hobbyist, but it
> hasn't
> helped so far.
> Dave
> Do you visit internet sites relating to Tropical Fish and find pop up's of
> all sorts coming up. I get these messages every now and again and no doubt
> your cookie trail is being obtained from fish sites. Your response asking
> be removed from their lists simply confirms to them that you have a legit
> email address and you can expect more and more messages. Install
> and run the program every few days. You can also install cloudmark.com
> is a great anti spam program that thousands of people use. It does not
> delete any mail from your computer , simply puts any piece of email that
> identified by you or any of the thousands of other people that use the
> program into a spam folder that you can review and delete them all at one
> time. If you get mail that goes into the spam folder that you want to
> receive you simply "unblock" the message and it is sent back to your in
> folder. Great programs.
> Rick
> ------------------------------
> Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2003 13:31:51 +0000
> From: "Roy Wadey" <roy_wadey at hotmail_com>
> Subject: Re: Siamese Alage eaters and Java Moss
> Peter,
> My experience has been similar to Cavans. I had a moss covered wall. After
> introducing five Siamese Algae Eaters to the 160 litre tank the strands of
> moss gradually became thinner; it continued to grow, it was just that the
> leaflets were very small. The effect was not immediately obvious but
> developed over several months. When I moved three of these fish to another
> aquarium the moss recovered to it's previous lush state. I've never
> the fish attacking the moss directly but I am sure that they do restrict
> it's growth. As Cavan says, it probably depends on the individual fish,
> I think that if you have enough to make a signifigant impact on any algae
> then they will have an effect on your moss as well.
> Roy Wadey.
> Peter wrote:
> >Hello, I'v been thinking of picking up a couple of SAE's but just >wanted
> >to know if they are safe with java moss.  I got a pair of >nicely covered
> >rocks and don't want the SAE's eating them :)
> >Thanks
> >Peter.