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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-14-2012, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation what is the best fish for algea removal?

Ive began to get algea on the side of my tank after adding co2 what should i do.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-14-2012, 01:55 PM
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Fix whatevers out of balance with your tank and eliminate the algae.

Oto.. That would be my votes for the best algae eating fish.
I personally prefer nerites and amano shrimp.
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Clean it with a cloth or an algae mag. Then mess with the light/ferts till the algae stops appearing.

I'm all for creating a little ecosystem in the tank but the fact that you havn't listed your current stock, tank temp, GH etc makes me think you aren't giving any thought to the needs of an algae eating critter.
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i have 1 "chinese" algae eater in a 20 long right now. seems to take pretty good care of it for me but i'm waiting to see if its too much for it to handle.
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CAEs are not algae eaters and nor are they really suitable for home aquarium (they get a foot long, scrape film off of fish scales, and are generally aggressive buggers. They're also loaches and not related to plecos.).

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Hi jakevwapp84,

For soft, 'hair type' algae I like Siamese Algae Eaters (SAE) and for the soft flat algae I use Otocinclus.

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Thanks for all the advice but the tank is hasnt cycled yet and i was wondering if these types of fish would servive.

I was also thinking of puting an Acostamos in my tank what do you think?
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What are the size and measurements of your tank. What is the brand and type of your light. How lone has it been cycling. Do you have any livestock in it. Is it heavily planted, and what kind of algae do you have.

Standard 10 Gallon (20 x12x12).
Low tech, Sand substrate.
Eheim 2211, w/Purigen and Aqueon Quietflow 10.
Finnex Stingray LED, 20" above substrate
Anubias, Narrow leaf Hygro, Christmas moss.
6 Kubotai Rasboras, 2 amano's and 11 Blue Neocardia shrimp.
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CAEs are not Loaches.

Do not add any fish to an uncycled tank.

Can you provide the Latin name of the fish you are thinking of adding? Is Acostamos a common name?

If you are referring to a Plecostomus, do not add a Common Pleco to any tank less than a couple of hundred gallons. There are several species sold as Common Plecos. They range in size from a foot to 2 feet long.
It is sort of like getting a cow because you have a few weeds in the back yard. Sure the cow will get rid of the weeds, but the mess!

At this point I would:
Do the fishless cycle. Do whatever you need to to get the tank fully cycled. That is top priority right now.

Clean the glass by hand.

Maybe make ONE change at a time to the fertilizer regime, and see if that helps. But remember that the fishless cycle involves adding ammonia to the tank, and everything else might be in good balance already, and you are just waiting while the bacteria grow. Once the bacteria colony is established the algae might go away on its own.
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Don't worry about algae when your tanks still cycling, your going to get it no matter what. Load it up with floaters and wait a month.
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thanks for the help everyone!
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