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Old 11-11-2006, 12:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well my 20 long has developed hair algae (not much right now, but i'd like it to be less), and I was thinking about getting a couple of florida flag fish to help control this. It is heavily planted with blyxa japonica, java moss, and elocaris acicularis. The current fauna includes: 7 rummynose tetras, 4 otos, and cherry shrimp. Will these fish destroy my shrimp population? I got about 24 or 25 when I first put these shrimp in the tank, about 2 months ago, and I currently have no idea how many shrimp I have. Please let me know asap as to how these fish will act and if i'll be ok to add them. Thanks! -Brad
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Old 11-11-2006, 12:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Brad.

I've heard mixed reports on the Flagfish. Some say they are mellow and do a great job on algae, and others say they're very aggressive and don't do much for algae. I've never kept them, so I don't have any personal experience with them.
There was quite a lengthy thread earlier discussing them, so if you do a search, you could take a look at that and decide for yourself if you think they'd work for you.
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Alright well I picked up 2 female flagfish and they're currently acclamating. I bought no males with hopes to keep the aggression down. These fish were in the same tank as a tire track eel and 2 kribs (which I bought last night for my other tank. Unfortunately, one died this morning) and there didn't seem to be any aggression amongst any of the fish, so hopefully these 2 work out well.
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I'm no expert & my knowledge is limited to what my friend (he is the aquatic manager at the LFS) told me when I was looking at getting some to augment my janitorial crew in one of my larger planted tanks, he said they where good at algae control but were aggressive & might be a real danger to my neons & amano shrimp.

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Really? Even in such a densely planted tank? Also, are flagfish jumpers? I've wanted to make my tank open top, but i'm affraid that my fish will jump out. Any thoughts?
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i also have mixed experiences with the flagfish. i've kept one who destroyed my gourami's fins and my friend has two who live with amano shrimp and heteramorpha rasboras. i guess it just depends on the personality of the fish itself. i'm not sure about them being jumpers. if you want an alternative to the flagfish, i've heard that black mollies and rosy barbs will eat the hair algae as well.
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Well, just now I watched the flagfish attack and eat one of my bigger cherry srhimp, so now they're in a bucket, because 1-$2 shrimp is more important than 2-$1 fish. I don't know what to do with these gals, because my 20 high only has rocks and driftwood, and a few lillys, not many plants though and no algae (knock on wood). It consists of 1 bristlenose pleco, 1 kribensis cichlid, and 7 scissortail rasboras. Can I add them to this tank? Please let me know asap. Thanks! -Brad
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i don't think it would be a problem to add them with those.
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I got to give these guys a recommendation from my experiences with them.

I recently had a small outbreak of algae, and decided to add my flags back to my main tank (they were in a holding tank after they got rid of my huge outbreak a while ago).

I had been feeding them ADA fish food, but I guess they really don't prefer the stuff, because when they got back into the main tank, it was like they had been starved (though they're quite fat). It was like dropping a starving man into an all you can eat spaghetti. Noon of the same day, I could already see a visible difference in algae.

The other fish are also quite small "nano" sized-- sparkling gourami, botia sidthemunki, and juevenile Dicrossus. While the flags were curious at first, and the other fish were easily intimidated, that soon stopped; within an hour of adding the flags.

The flags got down to eating algae and pretty much ignored the other fish, who in turn realized that the "big scary flags" didn't care about them. All are about their normal business now.

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Default Re: Florida Flagfish

someone sent me this photo of his "starving" Flag Fish
he claims he has an appetite and is eating, but still
looks skinny, even for a male. his tank has a few plants
but is in low light, so no algae. My own Flag Fish don't
eat clipped veggies, or Algae wafers, so what else can
he do to fatten up his patriotic friend?

also, does anyone know how many years they live?
I checked a dozen profiles and could not find an answer.



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