cleaning by HAND? i'm not even sure i know what that MEANS!
the deceased was a chinese algae eater. he wasn't that great, but he stuck to the glass every once in a while and acted like he was trying to help. there's also a dinky clown (maybe) pleco in the tank but i don't think algae is his thing. i don't see him very often.
in a larger tank i have big plecos and another CAE. no green in there! i can tell that that CAE is working because the places the plecos can't get to are clean. the odds of getting another non-agressive CAE aren't great from what i understand, though, so i was hoping to find something else.
i'll have to check out the otos. not sure if they meet the "cute" requirements. do they do glass?
i've thought about shrimp...i'd love to have some but they seem sort of fragile. are amano shrimp tough enough to not look tasty?
any recommendations on small plecos for a small tank? preferably something that doesn't HIDE all the time. i love my big fat plecos because they're pretty darned tame, but i sure don't want any more enormous spiky poopy fish.
i guess if i HAVE to, i can actually--what was it?--clean by hand?
thanks guys! i'll look into these critters.