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Re: healthy bounching baby algae :)

>>>>> BlackNet Runner <br at ldl_net> (here: "BR"),
>>>>> on Sun, 04 Oct 1998 10:46:21 -0400,
>>>>> pondered the meaning of life, then wrote down:

    BR> Hello!
    BR> Well I have the green algae growing on the tank walls WELL under
    BR> control.  Uhm, let me rephrase that a bit, my chinese butterfly loach
    BR> has it WELL under control.  After introducing this mean green eating
    BR> machine the green algae is rapidly disapearing!  My concern is after a
    BR> certain point there may be no algae left for it to consume and may die
    BR> :(  The question I would like to pose is if one has an algae eater then
    BR> shouldn't some algae growth be encouraged? just to keep the eater
    BR> healthy and fit?  No sence starving it to death for a 'nice' looking
    BR> tank.


I'm not sure about the chinese butterfly loach in particular, but other algae
eaters love cucumbers.  If the tank starts to look clean, start to add small
pieces of cucumber to keep your algae eater healthy.  

Don't feed too much, though!  You want his main course to be algae!  :)

Carlos E. Munoz 
<cmunoz at crystal_cirrus.com>