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Rosy Barbs and Hair Algae

> >From: Charley Bay <charleyb at cytomation_com>
> >Subject: Rosy Barbs & Hair Algae
> >
> >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.
> >
> As i've suggested to Matt,get ONE Rosy for his tank. The way ONE Rosy goes
> about with hair algae,i'm not surprised if your whole SCHOOL of Rosies can
> actually wipe out the plants!! :-P
> Khew

These guys are breeding like mad in my 180g.  Thanks to the suggestions here
I'm going to introduce ONE of the littler ones into my killies bog tank (29g) and 
see how it goes (the killies are breeding too, and I hope it prefers the hair algae 
to the baby killies).  Since so many of my plants are doing very well, I think 
it must be a taste-preference for those plants it decides to eat.

If this works, I can start the Rosy Barb Distribution List because new ones are
popping up every day (and they grow to 1" really fast).  They are really pretty,
too-- a truly metallic gold or metallic red.