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fishkeeper01 12-30-2012 09:16 PM

clean up crew/fish for a malawi cichlid tank??
 
Hey guys i jus wanted to hear suggestions from you folks who have been able to keep fish with malawi cichlids,mainly cuz algae becoming a problem in my tank and synos. really only eat the leftover food. Comments and suggestions are appriciated thanks!:icon_surp

fishboy199413 12-30-2012 09:35 PM

Maybe netrite snails? They tend to clean algae very well and usually are ignored by most fish.

Zefrik 12-30-2012 09:37 PM

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Originally Posted by fishkeeper01 (Post 2134230)
Hey guys i jus wanted to hear suggestions from you folks who have been able to keep fish with malawi cichlids,mainly cuz algae becoming a problem in my tank and synos. really only eat the leftover food. Comments and suggestions are appriciated thanks!:icon_surp

All fish/creatures defecate so they don't make a tank any cleaner. But things like snails can help keep algae at bay. Malaysian trumpet snails would probably be a good choice.

ngrubich 12-30-2012 11:42 PM

I have a couple bristlenose plecos (L144 I believe; they only get to about 2 - 2.5" long). I hardly ever see them on the glass except when my lights are off. They do a decent job, but a few more would be ideal if I weren't already overstocked and had a bunch of females holding. My tank is a 90 gallon mbuna tank.
I wouldn't recommend the trumpet snails because they have had the tendencies to overtake my tanks (reproduce like crazy and I don't like having to fish them out every month or so). I have read that olive nerite snails are ideal if you want a limited number of snails in your tank: they need brackish water to reproduce, so you have a better control of snail population in your tank.

245Bettalover 12-31-2012 02:55 AM

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Originally Posted by ngrubich (Post 2134436)
I have a couple bristlenose plecos (L144 I believe; they only get to about 2 - 2.5" long). I hardly ever see them on the glass except when my lights are off. They do a decent job, but a few more would be ideal if I weren't already overstocked and had a bunch of females holding. My tank is a 90 gallon mbuna tank.
I wouldn't recommend the trumpet snails because they have had the tendencies to overtake my tanks (reproduce like crazy and I don't like having to fish them out every month or so). I have read that olive nerite snails are ideal if you want a limited number of snails in your tank: they need brackish water to reproduce, so you have a better control of snail population in your tank.

^ i agree


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