Re: Farlowella, Otocinclus etc. as algae eaters

>From: krandall at world_std.com (Karen A Randall)
>Date: Thu, 12 Sep 1996 13:48:48 -0400
>Subject: Farlowella, Otocinclus etc. as algae eaters

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>As you say, this is infrequent.  And again, most aquatic gardeners 
>don't keep many large fish.  I personally have kept Otos and 
>Discus together for prolonged periods with no problem.  Otos work 
>a little better with Discus thatn SAE's because SAE's are much 
>more omnivorous, and quickly learn to eat Discus food 
>preferentially before algae.

Hi Karen,

	I do observe that Otocinclus are omnivores. They would slurp
live tubifex worms like there is no tomorrow. Baensch incorrectly clasified
them as herbivores. They are, however, more slugish compared to SAE's.