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Rosy Barbs & Hair Algae

>Date: Sun, 5 Oct 1997 11:57:20 -0400 (EDT)
>From: MMacG1167 at aol_com
>Subject: Rosy Barbs as thread algae eaters
>If anyone out there has tried using a Rosy barb(s) to rid a tank of thread
>algae, I'd like to hear the details. My 55 gallon heavily planted tank
>currently has a light/moderate thread algae infestation and I've been told by
>a couple of people that Rosy barbs eat the stuff.

I'm not sure if i was one of the ones who told u about Rosy Barbs,but i
would say go for it (again!)
Only thing to look out for is your small leafed plants might be eaten by
the Rosy too...things like Riccia,Java Moss,and such.
Besides that,it eats thread algae by the "clumps" ;-)


I have a school of Rosy Barbs in my 180g.  I had a HUGE forest of
Heteranthera zosterfolia prior to the addition.  It's completely gone now.
However, I still have many swords, hair grass, bacopa, anacharis, and
FORESTS of ambulia.  I didn' know about the hair algae, though.  I've
got that in some other tanks and I might introduce some barbs if I can
displace the killies.

BTW, I've found the comet goldfish is a GREAT bio-control for duckweed.