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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-03-2004, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Hey folks,

I have a trio of feeder guppies from a long lineage of tank-cyclers (3 generations, 3 tanks), in my 6g Eclipse. I know, too much info. :P

Anyway, I've been starting to notice a little BBA towards the top of my Lloydiella (Lysimachia nummularia). I am not in panic mode, yet, but I was heartened to notice a couple of the guppies picking at it. Any chance they'll actually eat it? Has anyone seen this?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-03-2004, 05:38 PM
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There are a few famous fish that will eat BBA (SAE being one of them) but Guppies aren't among them.

Often a deficiency in Nitrates and an abundance of Phosphate creates favorite conditions for BBA. Check your NO3 levels to see if they have bottomed out.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-03-2004, 08:24 PM
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I'm not so sure guppies don't eat BBA.I have 2 female guppies that eat it.They don't compete with a SAE but IME they do eat some of it.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-03-2004, 08:26 PM
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They will graze a little, but not enough to reduce its abundance at all.


Aquascape? I'm a crypt farmer.

It's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

That IS an aquascape, it's titled "The Vacant Lot".
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-05-2004, 03:00 PM
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I agree with Sean. I've seen my Fancy Guppies tear off a chunk of BBA now and then, but not enough to make a significant impact.

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