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SAE's behaving badly

From: Roxanne Bittman <rbittman at crackle_dfg.ca.gov>
Subject: SAE's behaving badly?
To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com (Aquatic Plants Digest)
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 1997 16:57:40 PDT

I have four SAE's in a 40 gallon tank; I purchased them from Albany 
Aquarium, and they import them from Singapore and are supposed to be the 
"real" thing.
Anyway, they routinely nip leaves or parts of leaves off of my otherwise 
lovely Rotala wallichii.  Sometimes they nip Mayaca fluviatilis too.  Some 
stems are completely naked!
Someone suggested trying cucumber in order to supplement their vegie 
needs,and I did, but they didn't like it that much.  They love Tetra Tabs 
and they get one per day.  

Do you think they are just hungry and I am underfeeding them?  I don't want 
to overfeed so much that they stop their janitorial service on the algae 
(which there isn't much of right now; it's a new tank).  I like the fish, 
but wish there was a way to encourage them to eat something besides the 
higher plants!  Suggestions appreciated; I'd also like to hear if anyone 
else has noticed this type of behavior in these fish.

Roxanne Bittman
Please note new email address:
Roxanne Bittman, Botanist                    Natural Diversity Database
Phone: (916) 323-8970                 __o    CA Dept of Fish and Game
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