>I have not (like a lot of others, I guess) been able to get SAEs in my
area or thru known mail order. What I would like to get some feedback on is
how people feel Otocinclus do as a substitute for SAEs. I have them and
they seem to be doing a dandy job gobbling up algae on plants, glass,
and/or gravel. They are friendly and interesting to watch. How would SAEs
I have 3 Oto affinis, and 1 Oto flexillus. They don't touch the long stringy stuff. They do, however, like the grey/browish stuff (diatoms?) that you can easily rub off with your fingers.