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Re: [APD] Surface scum -- or Evicting tenants
Net what you can. For the stragglers and net-shy fish,
bottle traps work. But it takes patience. Release wrong
catches and retry until they're gone.
Take a small plastic water bottle. Cut off the top and
invert it like a funnel. Put some holes in the bottle to
hold the funnel in place and allow some water circulation.
Hold funnel in place with small pieces of toothpick.
Add small amount of food.
--- David Whittaker <dwhitt at sympatico_ca> wrote:
> There was some discussion a little while back concerning
> the most effective method of ridding a tank of surface
> scum. Someone had suggested black mollies.
> For the past two years or so, I've had a major problem
> with surface scum, apparently algae, in my 180 gallon
> tank. It is lit with 750 watts of metal halide lamps. The
> scum has been
> attenuating the intensity of the light falling on the
> plants. At 11 p.m. one night last week, I dumped 50 or 60
> smallish (3 to 4 cm) platies in the tank and turned out
> the lights. At
> daybreak the next morning I went to check on the tank.
> All of the surface algae was gone -completely! I was
> The advantage of the X. variatus is extreme hardiness and
> adaptability to soft water and temperature fluctuations.
> The disadvantage is that they multiply quite quickly, and
> can be elusive in
> a heavily planted tank.
> My question is how does one catch platies in a large
> gallon tank?
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