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I haven't tried this myself but my local aquarium store boasts it carries a
hard to find algae eating fish called the Siamese Algae Eater.  If you are
interested in ordering you can check it out at

Matt Kowske
xc at innocent_com
-----Original Message-----
>Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 21:07:29 -0500
>From: AUGIE-E <AUGIE-E at prodigy_net>
>Hello everyone,
>I'm a recent subscriber, however, I have been perusing the archives for
>months. I've been in the hobby for over twenty years and one fish that
>I've used for controlling hair and beard algae I've never seen posted
>here, Florida Flags (jordonella floridae).
>For those of you who are unfamiliar with these guys, they're a native
>Florida Killifish, (I live in NE Florida so they're easy to come by and
>cheap $1.59 ea). They look like a minature small mouth bass, males have
>irridesent red spots on their flanks which the females lack, they're
>small 2-3", and get along with everyone. The only drawback I've found is
>they do like to munch on certain plants when the algae is depleted.
>They'll consume your java moss, nibble on your hair grass, and if your
>crypts have any suffered any degree of meltdown, they'll eat the soft
>parts (but stop where the leaves firm up). I have one 29 gallon tank
>that I was experimenting with (substrate & fertilizer) and it developed
>a tremendous hair algae problem (it was so bad my apple snails looked
>like chia pets), I moved 4  Flags into the tank and added phosphate
>remover to the filter and within one week the algae was gone. I don't
>know how easy they are to find in other parts of the country, but if you
>run across some, heck, give 'em a try.
>Augie Eppler
>augie-e at prodigy_net
>In NE Florida, where anywhere else our humidity would be called rain.