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houseofcards 10-09-2011 12:23 AM

Irrefutable Evidence that I don't have No Stinking Algae
So I've been scratching my head for the last month or so as I noticed the Bolbitis in one my tanks started looking deformed. I've always done a high-end EI type dosing so I was very confident that nothing was running short and the tank has been running the same way for around three years. Upon closer examination it actually didn't looked deformed by stripped/eaten. I started doing some research and hit upon an Article in TFH concerning Amanos and how they can rid a tank of algae, BUT when the algae runs out since they are herbivores they will still nibbling on certain plants. One of the plants mentioned that the Amanos were fond of was new shoots of Bolbitis. I never had the problem prior to the Amano addition so I feel pretty confident after reading the Amano article that this is the problem. I often wondered why Amano always introduced shrimp to deal with startup algae and then removed them.

eser21 10-09-2011 01:03 AM

amanos only eat some algae, sorry :)

mcqueenesq 10-09-2011 01:04 AM

Great information. Do you feed your Amanos?

houseofcards 10-09-2011 01:14 AM


Originally Posted by eser21 (Post 1544262)
amanos only eat some algae, sorry :)

Kinda tongue in check, but if the Amanos don't eat it and I don't see it then I ain't worried about it. Every tank by defintion has algae, but there is a big difference between algae that obscures a layout and the algae you don't really see unless your look under something or have to look at closer inspection.

houseofcards 10-09-2011 01:16 AM


Originally Posted by mcqueenesq (Post 1544269)
Great information. Do you feed your Amanos?

I do feed algae wafers a few times a week. but I have a huge group in there. Until I read the article I would have never thought that Amanos were't plant friendly, especially with a tough plant like Bolbitis.

eser21 10-09-2011 01:23 AM

im only joking fella. good on ya, its hard to find the balance for an 'algae free' tank.

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