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Old 04-06-2013, 11:31 PM   #1
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Best algae eating fish


Hey I was just posting this to see what u guys think is the best algae eating fish
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:50 PM   #2
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Depends.

Bristlenose plecos stay small enough for many tanks and are wonderous algae grazers---but do have a habit of bulldozing thru finer stem plants and uprooting things.

Ottocinclus eat a narrower range of algaes but aren't territorial and don't disturb even the smallest plants.

Siamese Algae Eaters are great at cleaning leaf edges on hardy plants and I've seen them nibble at just about anything but green dot algae, but they get lazy, aggressive and HUGE as they mature.

Black mollies will happily nibble at a good range of types of algae--including hair algae--but breed like crazy if kept in mixed groups, can be very aggressive feeders (difficult if you have shyer feeders in the tank) and only go after the algae if there's nothing else to eat.
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:23 AM   #3
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I found that otos do a great job with the brown diatoms that happen at the beginning of a tank's life cycle. Bristlenose as stated above work well too but be sure to give them some driftwood to munch on too since they need the fibrous wood. Be careful that you get SAE not CAE as they are similar looking but different fish

Amanos are great as well if you were interested in using shrimp. My largest Amano hit about 2.5 to 3 inches and is a tank. Eats everything. I also have pinocchio shrimp which are known for eating hair algae, which IME they do well.
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:48 AM   #4
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Otocinclus, SAEs (Siamese algae eater), CAEs (Chinese algae eater) when young, BNPs (bristlenose pleco), RLPs (rubberlip pleco), Amano shrimp, nerite snails.... There's lots out there. My angelfish even eat algae (on occasion).
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:56 AM   #5
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+1 to knot. I think mollies are underrated when it comes to algae eating. They devour hair algae when hungry. But they do get large
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:16 AM   #6
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+1 here for BN plecos. They're cute, cool to look at and do a great job. Like all plecos, they're pooping machines, so they do require regular gravel cleanings.
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:32 AM   #7
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+1 BN Pleco I have three and I just love them
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For me otto's and nerites absolutely keep my glass clean altho nerites don't last long in my tank with co2. I have all small fish in my tank and amanos and red cherry shrimp really do a number on algae. Of course since my fish are all small I can have a boatload of shrimp in my tank.
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Not a fish, but did someone say nerites yet?
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+100000x otos! Unless you have large aggressive fish then a Pleco is a must
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I have heard gouramis will eat algae if they aren't fed a bunch of regular fish food
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I've got a 20 gallon community tank with a betta in it and I've got otos in my tank they do wonders for me.


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+1 here for BN plecos. They're cute, cool to look at and do a great job. Like all plecos, they're pooping machines, so they do require regular gravel cleanings.
Massive numbers of snails help with that. I've a BN pleco in my riparium and have only done a gravel vac once in the past three months. MTS, Rams, ponds and a scattering of nerites. Throw in endlers, some ancient neons, a black mollie and dozens of cull shrimp and there's nary a scrap of organic matter that goes to waste...ahem...in that tank.
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Pitbull Pleco on the list too.
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:31 AM   #15
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American flag fish annihilate hair algae


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