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Thanks to everyone who responded to my questions relating to the die off of
my SAEs. Although I did not give a lot of details about what was going on in
my tank prior to the SAEs dying, I believe David Ozenne pretty much hit the
nail on the head. David pointed out that several of his SAEs died after
pruning his plants, and that SAEs don't cope very well in O2 depleted water.
Several others also pointed out that SAEs are native to fast moving rivers,
which are usually well oxygenated. Somehow, I guess I missed that day in
SAE 101 since this was the first time I had ever heard about them being more
susceptible to O2 depletion than other tropicals.
Just like David, I had just completed a severe plant pruning after being
away on vacation for three weeks (I am talking jungle here) when the SAEs
died. So it sounds very likely that they died of O2 depletion during the
night. Since I do not want to go through the hassle of disconnecting my CO2
at night, I will be sure to increase surface agitation for a few days after
Thanks again, for all the APDers who responded. It was a big help to me and
hopefully to other SAE owners out there.
Kenguin at homemail_com