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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-17-2013, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Question What do to with Chinese Algae eaters?

Hi all! This post is my first and will obviously show that I'm a bit of a newbie at this hobby, but I need some suggestions.

I went to my LFS a couple of weeks ago looking for any type of algae eater that was suitable for my 10 gallon freshwater tank. I made it clear to the sales representative that I had 10 gallons, and I wanted something that would continue to eat algae throughout its lifetime and not become aggressive.

She sold me two Chinese Algae eaters.

I don't know why I trusted her, but anyways there's no need to tell me why these Chinese Algae Eaters were NOT a suitable fit for my tank.

SO, the main point is, what should I do with these algae eaters? I've since added a female bristlenose pleco because I was having an algae bloom and the Chinese Algae eaters were completely ignoring the bloom.

I know my biomass is too much as it is, and I desperately need to get the algae eaters out of my tank. What should I do? I don't want to kill them........

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Most fish stores will let you bring fish in for store credit. The credit is always insultingly low, but not worth haggling over. The main reason to bring them in is so that they find a new home.

I think people trade fish too, and buy and sell on forums, but I haven't done that before.
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Return them any way you can.

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I second that pet stores would take them back. Just don't expect anything for them heh
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-17-2013, 09:36 PM
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You can take them back to the pet store as previously suggested, take them to a different pet store (although call first to see if they will accept them), make an ad on Craigslist or find a friend with a suitable tank to take them. Be aware that your bristlenose pleco will get anywhere from 4 to 5", which is a bit large for a 10 gallon. I would suggest a nerite snail or two, or a couple otocinclus for the algae problem.

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