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I was just commenting off list to someone the other day that I had no killies.
To my surprise, the lfs got a batch of Flagfish for $.95. I purchased two males
and three females. They have been in my planted 55 with very very heavy hair
algae (I bought them for algae control, I heard somewhere that they eat algae).
I have noticed that they arent as pugnacious as I thought they would be, and
I have also seen a behavior I thought worthy of mentioning. This tank has pretty
much had an algae explosion after I introduced some new plants from a friends
house. The view into the tank is fairly obscured from all sides but the front.
There is a pretty violent crowd in the tank with some daffodil brichardis and
some J. dickfeldi (sp?), so the two males have some slightly tattered fins due
to their insistence on stakng out a spot. The interesting part of this is that
they pick a spot over the hair algae (about 2 inches or more thick over the
rock pile) and then hollow out a depression like a nest that reaches all the
way to the rock. Is this where they are eating or has anyone else observed similar
behaviour? The females swim together in a group and seemingly take no notice
of the males. The males occasionally rush one another but I have seen no contact.
Since the other fish in the tank (a trio of mollies and some danios and black
neons) seem to interfere with the killies, I am thinking of relocating them
to a ten gallon tank. Anyone have any advice on how to set them up?
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