Good fish / inverts for algae control? - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-04-2004, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
Planted Member
 
TimsViv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 153
Hi all,

What are the best aquarium inhabitants for control of algae? From what I've read so far, Ottos and Amano Shrimp seem to be very popular.

Is there a reason for Ottos over Chinese Algae Eaters?

Also, what about other freshwater shrimp, like Ghost Shrimp, Red Shrimp, etc.?

Tim
TimsViv is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-04-2004, 04:07 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
George Willms's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Rutherford, NJ
Posts: 1,485
ottos are far better than CAE's who can get large and aggressive. SAE's are a bett alternative to CAE's. Amano shrimp, red cherry shrimp, and ghost shrimp will all eat algae. I've found Amano's to be the most algae-hungry, while the cherries also do a god job they are too small to keep up with the amanos.
George Willms is offline  
post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-04-2004, 06:23 PM
Algae Grower
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: chicago
Posts: 43
there also is something you could do :idea: go buy some moss balls. i have tried this for 1 month with no water changes and have noticed less algae growth since i added these moss balls.

what they are is a form of algae themselves very high competitive for the same nutrients that algae needs to grow.

works well


doug
sirfishmaster is offline  
post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-04-2004, 07:12 PM
Algae Grower
 
AJ_Wave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 87
Where did you put the moth balls? In your filter?

AJ ■ Oceanic 30G Cube ■ Filstar XP2 ■ CSL Power Compact with Moon ■ Hagen CO2
AJ_Wave is offline  
post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-04-2004, 08:03 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA
Posts: 808
Send a message via AIM to IUnknown
Quote:
what they are is a form of algae themselves very high competitive for the same nutrients that algae needs to grow.
So do plants, nothing special with moss balls. I like using shrimp as for algae control. Otto's are nice, but it seems like they create more waste. I would say that around 5 shrimp create the same bio load as one Otto, but thats just a guess. I have a small tank so I am limited to how many fish I can have to keep things balanced.
IUnknown is offline  
post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-04-2004, 08:12 PM
Planted Member
 
hypsophrys's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 251
Quote:
Originally Posted by AJ_Wave
Where did you put the moth balls? In your filter?
OK, in the off-chance that somebody reads this years from now, then decides to add moth balls to their filter.:

MOTH BALLS BAD! :-)

I believe he's talking about Algae/Marimo/Moss Balls. There's a good thread here: http://www.plantedtank.net/forum/vie...ht=algae+balls , and you can buy them here: http://www.aquariumgarden.com/index....;plantid=mi087

Ian
hypsophrys is offline  
post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-23-2004, 07:52 PM
Algae Grower
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 96
I thought that CAE's don't eat algea.....
Sedghammer is offline  
post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-23-2004, 08:48 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
Fat Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: new york, new york
Posts: 1,467
Quote:
Originally Posted by hypsophrys
Quote:
Originally Posted by AJ_Wave
Where did you put the moth balls? In your filter?
OK, in the off-chance that somebody reads this years from now, then decides to add moth balls to their filter.:

MOTH BALLS BAD! :-)
ROTFL

Hey,

Try a farlowella cat. They are algae eating champions But first, how big is your tank?
Fat Guy is offline  
post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-23-2004, 08:52 PM
Algae Grower
 
brookline45's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Marblehead, MA
Posts: 58
Send a message via Yahoo to brookline45
I just added two bristlenose (Ancistrus sp.) to my tank. In 24 hours the results have been incredible. As soon as they went in the tank they started going at the algae (brown spot and green fuzz). My glass and plant leaves are spotless. They are very gentle on the leaves. I have some hard working otos as well but the bristlenose seem to have much more rasping power to get the glass really spotless.

75g acrylic, DIY stand and canopy, Eheim 2026, 2234, Pressurized co2 + SMS122, Suntek 54wT5 x 2 + 96w PC, EcoComplete and Moon sand.
brookline45 is offline  
post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-24-2004, 06:29 PM
Algae Grower
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: chicago
Posts: 43
i have added some algae eating gobys...and a flying fox with some dwarf plecos....and yes moss balls and have no algae problems at the moment.


doug
sirfishmaster is offline  
post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-24-2004, 07:25 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 1,205
CAEs do eat algae when they're young, but as they mature some will eat less algae. They also may get aggressive at this point. Mine keeps his tank spotless and he's not aggressive. I'm lucky.

Pink gouramis aren't bad at algae, but they get sort of large...
Mori is offline  
post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-25-2004, 04:40 AM
Algae Grower
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 123
Siamese Algae Eaters(SAE) are awesome at hair algae. They are also very active(My roomate likes them the best of my fish because they are active and swim kinda funny), but they can outgrow small tanks. Shrimps and ottos are great for small tanks.

New(10/10/2008) 50 gallon! (36x18x18in)
4x39 watts 6700k t5 lights
fluourite gravel mixed substrate
Still figuring out ferts in this tank
pressurized CO2 after a long time of DIY CO2
My last tank http://www.plantedtank.net/tankgallery/Liquid-Eric/31/
LiquidEric is offline  
post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-25-2004, 05:01 AM
Algae Grower
 
Tres's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 93
I have 3 SAE, wich, in my area is a rare prize... they stay busy.
I also have 5 ottos... they are less active but no less effective, and disturb the other fish less.

I discovered that cobalt gourami's will devour hair algae... too bad they were to aggressive for my cardinals...


If you cant find SAE, get ottos, IMO.
BTW, just because the fish seller SAYS its a SAE doesnt mean it is. Go here for a comparison of true SAE and what many retailers sell claiming to be SAE:
http://www.thekrib.com/Fish/Algae-Eaters/
once you know what to look for, they are somewhat easier to find.
Tres is offline  
post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-25-2004, 12:01 PM
Planted Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Watertown, MA
Posts: 220
Am I the only one that has trouble with Ottos..

I bought 3 about a month after I first setup my tank, one lived.. I got 6 more about a week ago.. 2 died. All my parameters are fish friendly and my tank isn't over crowded and there is plenty of algae for them to eat. Just wondering if Otto's aren't that hardy. I know they are cheap, I can usually get then for under $1.50 ea around here, but I hate seeing fish die.
Mini4x is offline  
post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-25-2004, 02:14 PM
Algae Grower
 
Tres's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 93
They are usualy starving when u purchase them.
When I buy otto's, I slice a thin wafer of cucumber, boil it for a few minutes, and weigh it to the bottom, and then I drop an algae wafer in.. and even then some wont make it.
Tres is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Simple guide to Snails, Inverts, and Non-fish species BonesCJ Fish 19 07-24-2010 12:15 AM
good schooling fish for a 10g chinaboy1021 Fish 20 01-04-2007 08:37 AM
About to give up on ICH? HELP PLZ Guttboy General Planted Tank Discussion 11 09-13-2003 11:51 PM
snails for algae control? or fish? Mori Algae 17 09-11-2003 11:15 PM
Florida Flag Fish Tom713 Fish 9 11-19-2002 02:17 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome