10-02-2009, 05:35 PM
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Aunt Kymmie mentioned SAE.
Let me tell you my experience with these devils. I bought two little ones for my 100 G and at the beginning they went along very well, shy, a fast and efficient algae eater. Then they started to grow and I thought..."well, ok, let them alone". Then they started to grow more and more. Then suddenly, they were the biggest fish in the aquarium. And then.....I decided to take them out! Easy to say and nearly impossible to comply.
They are uncatchable if you want to continue having your decorations and plants all set. I had to demolish the whole tank to get them out! A nasty, elusive, very strong, really fast swimmer that will never ever come back to any of my tanks. I had organic substract under gravel and pulling out plants played havoc with the water, a complete mess.
I prefer any and all the other known methods of algae control and I can tell you from my own experience: SAE never more. Sorry those who love them but these creatures are real time-bombs ticking.