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I have been battling algae in my heavily planted tank since last December
and am starting to feel as if progress is being made. In this 40gal tank
I currently have 5 Otocinclus and 2 SAE's (as algae-eating fish).
Certain (mostly European) references refer to some livebearers as good
algae eaters - black mollies are often mentioned. Does anyone have
experience with this? Will platies, mollies, etc. eat algae? What kind?
Will they pick it off of fine-leaved plants (my current problem). More
importantly, will they also eat the higher plants themselves? My local
aquarium store does not know the answer.
Roxanne Bittman, Botanist Natural Heritage Division
Phone: (916) 323-8970 __o CA Dept of Fish and Game
Fax: (916) 324-0475 _ \<_ 1220 S St
Internet rlb at gishost_dfg.ca.gov (_)/(_) Sacramento CA 95814