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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V3 #881

     In my limited experience, it seems that we would need to know more
about your setup - such as how much lighting and maybe water conditions,
fertilizers. Also, Mollys do much better with some salt in the water,
whereas planrs don't do well with any salt(maybe some exceptions) - I've
known several people who have successfully kept many kinds of fish, but had
Mollys die in freshwater, usually within a few weeks. I have a 40 gal.
which doesn't have many plants in it right now b/c I'm trying to get an
algae problem under control. When I increased the lighting from 40W to 90W
and still only had the 4 ottos and small pl*co, spot algae(green crap all
over the inside of the glass) took over. I just thought I'd let you know so
you don't suffer the same fate. You sound like you know what you're doing
though - with the right number of plants, the algae should not be able to
get a foothold. Back to your algae eaters - that's probably enough if you
keep real close tabs and increase the number of algae eaters or duration of
light if anything funny happens. Good luck.

>Date: Tue, 02 Mar 1999 04:14:27 PST
>From: "Hallie Ray" <hray at hotmail_com>
>Subject: Molly question
>I am setting up a 40 gallon plant tank; plants arrive tomorrow or 
>Thursday.  In preparation, I"m quarantining some algae eaters--2 Otos, 3 
>tiny SAEs (I was amazed to find them but they're the real thing) and 3 
>Mollys.  Problem:  now have 10 Mollies.  I don't really want to be 
>overrun with them in the plant tank!  And I'm afraid it will be 
>difficult to catch the critters in a 40 gallon full of plants!
>I didn't intend to have the Mollies as permanent residents, anyway; just 
>as initial algae eaters through the early unstable periods.  Will the 
>Otos and SAEs be enough?  If so I may see if I can return the Mollies or 
>trade them with someone else!
>Hallie Ray, Virginia, USA
>hray at hotmail_com