Originally Posted by Byron
Good you held out on the fish. A CAE would be too big for your 15g (I think that was it, or maybe 20g?) and the aggressiveness does come with maturity as they get larger. Plus they do not eat algae then. Useless frankly.
I can't imagine store people trying to sell me fish, I have never had that happen; the opposite is more likely. But I am fortunate to have reputable fish stores that I patronize, run by hobbyists themselves (that makes a big difference) who are concerned for the fish and for my satisfaction when I get them in my tanks. Of course, they wouldn't be able to hoodwink me on fish I know, and I make it a rule never, never to buy fish I have not fully researched. That is a good habit to get into.
I love loaches, and spotted some small (maybe 1.5 inches) quite neat looking ones the other day, no idea what they were, the "common" name turned out (as is often the case) to be rather useless. There were about 20-30 of them all swimming around, looked like a nice shoaling loach. I went home, couldn't find them online from my memory, so I called the store and asked for the scientific name from their supplier. When I looked them up, I saw they max out at 4 inches (which is OK in my 70g) but become rather aggressive to themselves and other similar fish (like my existing loaches). Not good.
well you should be doubly proud of me because I was at petsmart today and they had the dwarf gouramis I have my eye on - on sale for $2.99
but I walked away - and not only because petsmart is 45 minutes from my house and it's at least 100º today!!
it was hard though cause as you may have noticed it's hard for me to commit to a purchase - especially 2 little fish that would cost me like $17 otherwise!!
but since I put probably too many fish in there yesterday (7 black neon tetras) I didn't think it would be such a great idea to add anything else just yet
even though the guy at yesterday's store thought it was a fantastic idea haaaa
I WISH I had a decent store somewhere near me that I could trust - this guy yesterday was like an infomercial sales guy!!
and I asked him for the scientific names of the plants he sold me and I had a hard enough time even giving me the common names!! I should have told him to take his plants and err... plant them elsewhere BUT I'm not great under pressure haaa
anyway I was pleasantly surprised by the chick at petsmart today though... someone went in there looking for something to eat algae and she actually asked what size tank she had and basically advised against getting anything at the moment -- instead of the usual 'oh here get this pleco... ignore the sign that says it grows to upwards of 2 FEET!!'
anyway - speaking of plecos
they had some at petsmart that were MAYBE and inch and a half... they were seriously tiny!!
I have a guy who will let me trade it in once it's too big for my tank (which is 20 gallons by the way)
what say you on that idea?
my issues are yes I want this algae gone... but I'm planning to do the live plant thing (if I can ever find a place to get some) and I don't want some bumbling fish ripping them up once it's bigger
if I scrape the bejeezus out of this tank to remove the algae I can see - ditch the stupid silk plant that has the green hair looking algae - and load up as best I can on live plants, do you think I'll have a reasonable shot at not having to deal with recurring algae gunking up the glass
or should I move my cories to another tank to open up space for either one of these teeny tiny plecos (and yes I know it will grow big fast enough), a bristlenose pleco or a few otos or SOMETHING to eat this stuff??
p.s. thanks for your patience... I know I can drive a person crazy haaaa