I thought some of you might be interested in my recent experience with Florida Flag Fish.
As I reported here a month or so ago, My 55 gal planted tank became infested with very long fine thread algae. I considered using the algaecide AlgaeFix, but I couldn't quite bring myself to do it. I hate adding anything unatural to my tanks.
The algae was getting worse, attaching itself to almost all of my plants. I tried manually removing it since it was easy to grab hold of, but it was so well connected, it was impossible to remove the algae without uprooting the plants.
I was getting desperate, so I decided to order the above mentioned fish. I had come across them at this website
. I had considered ordering them before, but I was sceptical that they was as good as they claimed. I have had Siamese Algea Eaters and Octiculas (sp), but as far as I'm concerned, these were barely worth having. If they ate any algae at all, it was hard to notice.
On the very day that the fish were to arrive, I came across a couple of articles on the web that talked about people that had bad experiences with these fish. Mainly about them being too aggressive. What !
Everything I had read about them up untill then described them as being very peaceful fish. I did read that the males will protect the eggs after spawning, but only in the immeadiate area of the eggs.
Well the fish arrived, but after comming across this conflicting information, I wasn't sure what to do. Since I spent about forty bucks for the fish and shipping charges, I decided to give them a chance.
Boy am I glade I did. Its a week later now, and all of my hair algae is gone (and there was plenty
) Not only that, they are behaving themselves when it comes to the other fish in my tank. These are mainly fancy guppies of every size, including new born fry. They have all but ignored them, even the fry.
I still consider them to be on probation, but so far so good. I guess the real test will come if they try to spawn.
On a side note. I ordered these fish from the website that I listed above. I was a little disappointed in the shape that they were in when I recieved them. There was very little water in the bag (about 2 cups
), and the water was very cold. I will say the carton was insulated and the weather in my area had just turned cold. In fairness, I have to say part of their bad condition was my fault. I used two day delivery instead of overnight. I don't know what I was thinking there.
If your going to spend that kind of money, it only makes since to add 6 or 7 dollars and have them sent overnight as opposed to twoday delivery.
To this venders credit, and true to their word, these fish are very hardy and they quickly recovered. I would not hesitate to order from them again, but I would do it overnight the next time.
Sorry this post is so long, but I always find other peoples personal experiences about this or that very informative, and perhaps a better learning tool than what you might read in a book. Anyhow, I hope at least a few of you will find this post useful.