Thanks guys. *Yeah, i'm actually the one who posted the little article on the utility of and an identification guide to true SAEs a few months back in this very forum, so you're 'preaching to the choir'. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] *The problem is, my two SAEs are in my 75 gallon community tank, and with their gluttony have grown far too large to risk putting them in this little 10 gallon, where they would quickly uproot everything.
I don't think it's black thread algae, but it is long and thready and green. *The problem is i overdid the fertilizer for a while when i first planted the tank, and have neglected it a lot since then. *I'll see how it does with regular changes, and may add some otos, since they're smaller and less clumsy than SAEs. *At least they'll eat the soft algae growing on the tank walls.
The first LFS (local fish shop) i was referred to here in Cambridge had a tank that was literally COVERED with BBA. It looked like a silky black coating on the entire tank. I don't go back to that LFS anymore. It was just too poorly cared for.
RamPuppy: *I don't think i could ever go to that kind of trouble just to eradicate some BBA, but i admire your thoroughness. *I guess that's why i haven't dared to try to grow lace plant - i don't maintain good enough conditions. *Wow, that would be a cool one, though.
Bobby: Yup, australe. *I thought the oranges looked like the goldfish crackers - they have almost cartoon smiles due to the coloration around their mouth!
Tony was a great speaker, and i rapidly found myself unable to farther escalate my gasps of amazement at his photos, long before he got to the best ones. *Killies may play a long and beautiful role in my future hobby time. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] *That is, assuming this first trial goes well...
DKiM128, i sent you that google search link that listed quite a few Aquarium Societies around Chicago a week ago, did you even check out any of those? *That's how i found BAS.
Now for an update: The killies are still in the tank, fortunately, but i'm not sure they're eating well. *It's hard to tell, because the male spends a lot of time hiding in the ambullia, and when he's not, he chases the female, who acts terrified. *I think that's not supposed to be happening.
I tried feeding them flightless fruitflies and some packaged brine shrimp, and flake, and i've seen the female chew up the flies and then spit them back out, and the shrimp disappear, but i'm not sure who is eating them. *I'll have to set aside time this weekend to just stare at them awhile and see what's going on. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
My neps are going to be jealous... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]