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Originally Posted by saulat View Post
There are several small species of loach if that is what you want; in another recent thread I and others posted some comments and photos.
On the SAE, it grows up to 16cm (6+ inches) so that's another large fish not suitable to a small tank. Although we don't know the size of your tank, I'm assuming from the lighting issue this is the hexagonal tank in the other thread. In my view, a SAE is not suitable. Go with the ottos, minimum 3 (they also fare better in a group) but only acquire them after the tank is matured (cycled and then some) and algae is present; they do not tolerate fluctuating water quality and they need algae to graze (that is their sole activity) or they frequently perish as many on this forum have attested to. They will consume the brown (diatom) and comon green algae that gets on plant leaves, and do a super job of it.
Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]
Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Last edited by Byron; 06-23-2009 at 09:38 AM.
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