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Re: Indian Algae Eater

Hi Folks,

Thanks Liisa for your information on the Garra spp. I believe you may be
correct in your assumption. Yesterday I went back to the store and
picked up one of these so called "Indian Algae Eaters." The store
ordered the fish in great quantity, which made the price a whopping
$1.49 per fish. (I did notice that the larger IAE's had a faint black
stripe on the sides.) I didn't want to pick up any more until I observed
the behavior of a single specimen with my other fish. So far, so good.
I'm hoping that it will do well on frozen brine shrimp and frozen blood
worms at this time. I know it's hard to believe, but I don't have a lot
to offer the little gal in the line of algae at this time. My tank is
not planted as of yet (I'm still in the research stage--which for me
will take a month or two longer--I typically research things *to death*
before making any commitment). For some reason, I only have some spot
algae and a small amount of brown algae in the tank, but not in great
quantities. I hope that I can keep this little gal alive and try it out
on all the algae in my future planted tank! ;-) Perhaps this *will*
speed up the process for me! :-)

In the meantime, I hope that Andrew was able to obtain some of these
fish and report back to the list. Do you have brush algae in your
tank(s), Andrew? If you purchased some, what price were they?

BTW, the wholesaler for the store I deal with called these fish "The
World's Greatest Algae Eater." That was the name on the wholesaler's
price list! Hhhhhmmmmm. I find myself chuckling at this, until the fish
can prove itself. :-)

Walter B. Klockers
In Western Washington State way west of Walla Walla.

Useless fact of the day: Camel's milk does not curdle! :-0