>The caption by the picture says:"A little known but good
> algae eater is Jordanell florida, the American Flag."
>Has anyone ever seen these fish or used them in their
If you search the APD archives you will find many postings on the
American Flag Fish. IMHO it is by far the best algae eating fish
around. It eats large amounts of algae. They will quickly clear your
tank of filament type algae. The one big problem I have with them is a
high mortality rate. It may be the soft and slightly acid water
condition I maintain doesn't agree with them.
I have a male and female. I have no previous experience with this fish, but one of the emps. at my LFS says that because they are killies, they only live a year or so. I don't know if this is true or not. They are good hair algae eaters, but you have to starve 'em. If you feed them, they'll eat less, or course. Hard to do with other fishes in the tank. It may take more than a pair to make a dent in a tank my size - 75 gallons.