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02-18-2013 12:34 AM
Demon Knifefish Okay, SAE is off the chart and so is the bristlenose pleco (because of reports of the little rascals eating Amazon sword plants). I'll research the snails you all recommended. Also, I've been considering Farlowella catfish as a semi-algae eater for the tank.
02-15-2013 04:41 PM
VAtanks Yeah i thought so too which in snowflakes description lazy mean would be accurate for a flying fox.
02-15-2013 04:38 PM
Re: Best algae eaters

Looks like a flying fox to me in snowflakes pic

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02-15-2013 03:44 PM

Here is the link that has been posted before about the differences. I cant say for sure, snowflake but i think that is a Flying fox. I couldnt see if it had two sets of barbles on its mouth though. but i have had good luck with my two albino bristlenose plecos and trumpet snails.
02-15-2013 03:25 PM
Originally Posted by VAtanks View Post
If you have an SAE that doesn't eat algea as an adult then more than likely you have a flying fox and not a true SAE. I have one in a 20gallon and I feed him algae waffers because its all he eats. Many LFS sell Flying foxes as SAE, which as adults do not eat anything. anything as in Algea
I agree with the other person. SAE are over rated, lazy and mean.

Here is the one I had.
02-15-2013 03:18 PM
Snowflake311 Rams horn snails, otos, BN pleco. These guys are the best or the best.
02-15-2013 02:24 PM
VAtanks If you have an SAE that doesn't eat algea as an adult then more than likely you have a flying fox and not a true SAE. I have one in a 20gallon and I feed him algae waffers because its all he eats. Many LFS sell Flying foxes as SAE, which as adults do not eat anything. anything as in Algea
02-15-2013 04:12 AM
Rich Guano Let me offer a different approach,

Have you considered floating plants? Like Salvinia or duckweed...

They offer shade to the tank to minimize algae growth.
They suck up excess nutrients to minimize algae growth.
They are very attractive.
There Aeriel advantage helps support the rest of the tanks inhabitants.

Also I would recommend trumpet snails
They eat algae
Stir the substrate
Hide under the substrate during the day
Blah, blah, blah
02-15-2013 03:19 AM
Koro-chan SAE are the worst when full grown; they don't eat algae. They become predators from my experience. Not a fan.
01-19-2013 12:28 PM
Originally Posted by danielt View Post

Be weary of this! SAE become lazy bastards once they grow...
And the SOB wont die either, the one fish purchase I regret
01-19-2013 12:04 PM
smiller It all comes down of course to what kind of algae you have. For me my bristlenose plecos are my best algae eaters for what pops up in my tank. The other day I noticed that one of my anunbia leaves was semi-covered with some sort of algae. I planned to cut it off. The next day it was spotless.
01-18-2013 04:30 AM
Demon Knifefish Alright, so I've narrowed it down to TSAE or Bristlenose Plecos. Nerite Snails seem too sensitive to my conditions and ottos will get eaten by a variety of fish in my tank (African Knife, Black Ghost Knife, Ropefish, Leopard Ctenopoma, yeah you get the point). My main purpose to get some of these guys is to remove algae off of plant leaves. I have some problems with this and some of my plants just break their leaves off when I rub them . Also, cleaning the tank is hard because of the sheer size and the algae always refuses to leave my plant's leaves. The tank is 40 in. by 12 in. by 18 in.
01-17-2013 03:03 PM
Calmia22 I have a bristlenose pleco and some ottos in my 75. The tank is very clean. I do have a little issue with green spot algae which I have to scrub off myself, but anything else they take care of. I also have 1 nerite snail in my nano tank. It was covered in algae when I put him in there. A month later and now I just have nerite snail eggs everywhere.
01-17-2013 02:52 PM
CrypticLifeStyle Just a quick note on nerite snails. From what i know, and what i've seen with mine is they dont reproduce like most tank snails, unless they are in brackish water which i doubt you have. Maybe be mistaken but if thats a concern that would be my 2 cents to add. Mine the zebra snail version of nerite snails do the glass, driftwood, sand, and any algae on plants. But no matter what, like micheljq said, there is always going to be manual involvement of removal at some level. Pleco's i would say are less efficient then snails. Though they are called algae eaters, they mostly scavenge the bottom for uneaten food, eat the driftwood, and at times at least with the 5 kinds i have MAYBE eat any algae off the rocks.
01-17-2013 01:47 PM
MiniFishRoom Flag fish (Jordanella floridae) does great job eating hair algae.
Don't feed them anything and they will clean your tank of all hair algae.

If it's algae on the glass... Nerit snails does an awesome job too.
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