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Wild fish, Plant eaters, new tank algae

>Date: Mon, 25 May 1998 14:29:20 -0500
>From: "Kudzu" <Kudzu at airnet_net>
>Subject: Native fish 
>I just collected some fry from the lake I live on and set up a spare 10G to
>raise a few in and use some for feeders. Anyone have any suggestions on
>raising them, namely food. I dont have fry food and need some suggestions
>BTW They appear to be Largemouth Bass and one Gar.

Hi Kudzu, I'm replying on list because I think that if you check into it
you will find that it is illegal to keep and raise wild game fish. 

in Vancouver 

>Date: Tue, 26 May 1998 12:41:47 -0500
>From: Don Hutton <DHutton at omnipoint_com>
>Subject: Hey, who's eating my plants?
>Within the last couple of months I've had a problem with something
>eating all of the new shoots on my anubias.  Possible suspects are:  15
>3 inch long SAE's,  4 Praecox rainbows, a couple of platy's, and some
>"blue/red" tetras.  The tetras are the most recent addition but that was
>about 6 months ago.  I have no idea what the species is but they are a
>high bodied fish two inches long with metallic blue bodies and bright
>red tails and fins.  There are also some pond snails but they have been
>in the tank since it was set up over a year ago.

Hi Don,

Just a thought but with 15 SAEs I hope you have a reasonable amount of
algae to feed them. Trouble is SAEs don't have the kind of mouth to take
large bites and my big ones never bother plants (but I don't have 15).
Could be the pond snails because with all those algae eaters they may be
running out of algae too. And they make nibbles that look like large bites.
Pond snails definately eat plants specially if they are big ones. Platys
will pick at fine leaved plants sometimes. I have Praecox rainbows and I've
never seen them touch a plant. Guess you'll have to sit by your tank til
you catch the guilty party in the act.

in Vancouver

>Date: Sat, 25 Apr 1998 17:52:55 -0700
>From: jessem <jessem at direct_ca>
>Subject: Algae, Anubias, Brown leaves
>I have a planted tank which has been set up for about a month and a
>half, and am having a few problems.

Hi Jesse, This is not surprizing as your tank is very new. Be patient most
of all as it will take awhile to stabilize no matter what you do.

>First of all, thread-like algae is growing everywhere. ...
>Also, some of the leaves of my Ceratopteris are turning brown on the
>edges and getting black spots. 
>Finally, the leaves of my Anubias aren't a uniform green ...They
>are turing yellowish, especially along the edges of the leaves. 

You give some set-up info but you say nothing about how long your lights
are on, what you fertilize with and how often you do water changes. What
kind of test kit are you using to test hardness? 200 ppm KH or GH? This
seems very high especially as you are adding CO2. How are you adding the CO2?

in Vancouver