05-06-2005, 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Magnus
How big does your tetra have to be to eat them? Would/could they dirty up the tank?
The smallest fish I have are the Axelrodia riesei/stigmatias, Boraras maculata, and Hyphessobrycon amandae. Each will gobble up about 2-3 aphids before the bellies will obscenely bulge. Aphids come in all sizes; but it's not like the fish care either. Using their mouths, they swish the easily swishable aphids and gobble them up. The apistos take a mouthful while my chocolate gouramis are a bit more refined, attacking them individually. And as far as I can tell, the aphids aren't "dirtying" the tank.
Originally Posted by Error
I wonder if there are any plants beside roses that would attract them better. (My roses never seem to develop quite that level of infestation).
I don't really know Error. I don't deliberately culture them. They just show up every spring for a couple months before disappearing. They seem to prefer my wild polyantha roses, which luckily are pretty hardy so they don't do any noticeable damage.