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Old 02-28-2013, 06:47 PM   #1
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Suggested Algae Eaters...


Looking for a suggestion for my planted tank. It's a 15 gallon, 2foot tall freshwater tank that's pretty new.

I'm planning a few Black Skirt Tetra, Angelfish, and a Dwarf Gourami, and a Cory Cat or two for the bottom...

I'd planned on looking into Amano Shrimp for Algae Control, but I then read that my chosen fish could be a threat to them. Otos sound ok, but being so frail, I'm a bit hesitant to get them so early. Pleco's way to big for this tank (1' square footprint) and a bunch of the other fish won't help much with the glass surface...

can anyone suggest a small bugger that'll help clean the glass? I'm not looking for a miracle obviously, but a little help with the algae would rock!

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Old 02-28-2013, 06:54 PM   #2
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I had a Molly once that made quick work of algea. My dwarf gouramis even pick at it now. But my ottos keep things in check.

Omit shrimp... Use algaefix or some other treatment and then ottos when your ready. If you buy shrimp they will prob get eaten. Plus, you could break out the algae treatment if things get out of control down the road.
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Old 03-01-2013, 01:28 AM   #3
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Found the perfect solution! I'd kind of looked right past snails since they can reproduce so quickly, then I found the Nerites! Small, goodlooking algae eaters that have to have Brackish or Saltwater to reproduce! Bingo!
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my 55, i have true sae's (perfect for eatting bba), ottos (as long as you have algae in the tank, they will be happy I have 12 zipping around healthy as an ox), Malaysian Trumpet Snails. And thats it, very little algae now.

get one true sae, 3 ottos and you should be set. I do love the amano's but if the angelfish get big enough they may eat them. (amano's if you dont go for the ottos)

My tank is a heavy planted tank - so this is my version of those species.

I keep ph around 6.3ish and temp 85.5 (for past two weeks (one of my fish got ich that I bought in the mail) - normally 81 degrees (I keep Rams)
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Old 03-01-2013, 02:11 AM   #5
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Check out zebra nerites too. I love them
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SAE's or bristlenose plecos. I know you said you didn't think your tank would be big enough for plecos but bristlenose stay small and I often find them for sale when they are juveniles. Would take a long time to get to their max of around 4-6" which makes them one of the smaller plecos, and they are one of the best algae eating types too.
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Old 03-01-2013, 02:26 AM   #7
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If you have green spot algae on the glass not much will remove it (some nerites will but scrubbing would be quicker)
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I would still stay away from both the SAE and bristlenose pleco. Both have too big a bioload even when they are young and only 3-4 inches. I have never had nerites, but they sound like a great option to me!
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BNs or SAE or Angels might be hard to fit into a 15g 24" tall tank...

Nerites are cool and come in different colors and patterns. Some even have horns. Having a fully covered tank will help to save their lives as they like to crawl up the glass and over the edge. Somehow they always go one direction - out. Mine had never found their way back in.
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Found the perfect solution! I'd kind of looked right past snails since they can reproduce so quickly, then I found the Nerites! Small, goodlooking algae eaters that have to have Brackish or Saltwater to reproduce! Bingo!

Never tried Nerites, as someone told me they leave white eggs all over the tank, and difficult to remove. Any truth to that?
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Nerites do leave little white eggs. They are hard must be scratched off & look horrible especially on a dark piece of wood. They're like little barnacles! The do eat alot of algae though. They seem to lay eggs after a big water change. - and they don't lay them together, they're spread all over the place!
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Snail eggs are no fun. I had pond snails for a while ... then my tetras ate them all up.
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Did anyone say nerites yet?
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So i have a 29gal tank that i have 2 common plecos in, i plan to move them to my 55gal as soon as it cycles, so i wanted some smaller algea eaters for the smaller tank... I decided to get farlowellas. They are small, cheep, and rather active. heres a picture of what they look like...
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:12 PM   #15
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Ive seen that 15g tank, and its pretty darn small for a lot of fish. Angels can fit in there heightwise but man, theres sooo little room to swim around left and right. If you have no algae issues, I'd skimp on the eaters for now- add in the otos and nerites later on.
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