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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-25-2006, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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Algae eating fish

I’m looking for good algae eating fish for a 75 gallon planted tank. The tank is high teck and I do have some algae on my plants and the glass I can not keep clean. My KH is 7 and I keep my ph at 7.2 in this tank. I currently have 12 Black fin Tetras and 14 Serpae Tetras. I have lots snails in the tank and I don’t want anything that’s going to eat them all.

Anyone have any suggestion for me to start my search.
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I have ~20 Otocinculus (sp?) in my 100g planted. Never seen any algae... but could be from proper care... doubt it since I skip dosings regularly

I would stick with those and maybe some Siamese Algae Eaters (I also have 5 of those).

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I think I have read a few times they like softer water. But yes 3 or 4 Otocinculus would be nice.
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I think I have read a few times they like softer water. But yes 3 or 4 Otocinculus would be nice.
ya, my water is extremely soft. not sure they really care that much though.

3 to 4 in a 75g won't make a dent in it. I think at least 1 per 10g's is a must, and 1 per 5g is what I would recommend. They look really cool when schooling throughout the tank in large #'s.

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3 to 4 in a 75g won't make a dent in it. I think at least 1 per 10g's is a must, and 1 per 5g is what I would recommend. They look really cool when schooling throughout the tank in large #'s.

Not sure about that... if you have softer algaes...
I put one otto into a 20 gal that was absolutly covered in soft algae and he cleaned the thing spotless in just a couple days. (yes, he has friends now) If you have harder algae, I would go with a few bristle nosed plecs. They stay small, but are the only thing that seems to be making a dent in my hard spot algae.

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few questions about Bristle-nose

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If you have harder algae, I would go with a few bristle nosed plecs. They stay small, but are the only thing that seems to be making a dent in my hard spot algae.
I have a few questions to ask:
How small do Bristle-noses stay?
If the harder algae is on plants (i.e. the leaves of a Nana) would the Bristle-nose Plecostomus inadvertently or advertently eat the leaves?
How are Bristle-nose with about Java Ferns and Crypts?
What types of Bristle-noses do you recommend that will not eat plants and stay small?


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SAE are OK when they're young and small, but as they age they tend to like fish food more than algae. On the upside, they're lovely fish, make nice little schools, and are very curious and interesting to watch. They can get pretty big though, unlike ottos.
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I do have a few SAE’s in one of my tanks. I have 12 of them in my 300 gallon tank that are about 5” long. I was thinking about getting 5-9 for my 75 gallon till they get about 4” and then moving them to my 300.
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The biggest bristle nose I have seen has been about 3 1/2 inches. The one I have is pretty tiny and has been really nice to my plants. Him and my ottos only seem to be interested in algae, but I think the ottos have inadvertantly chewed a few holes in one of my plants that had hard algae, but after getting the algae spots, have left it alone to recover.

However, I have the most amazing hairy algae growing in one part of the tank and I havn't found anything that will eat it up yet. Quite honestly, if I weren't afraid it would cover the whole tank, I would like it... it is soooo green and flowing, and I immagine that my baby guppies are very happy to have it as a home.

Something so expensive and addictive HAS to be illegal. I'm just waiting for the police to break down my door and confinscate my fish food.
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BN Plecos are great - (they are Ancistrus sp.) I've never had a problem with them eating plants and people in my aquarium club are breeding them.
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flag fish. mine work great on hair and thread algae

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