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Old 04-07-2013, 04:35 AM   #16
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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.
are you saying that snails eat poop?
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:03 AM   #17
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SAE, they never quit if your tank is a large size heavily planted.

The big ones(two+ years old) do get excited when it comes to feeding time, and try to scare away the angelfish by nipping their pelvic fins(no harm, don't actually nip, only touch). as soon as food gone, they get back to their jobs.

Oto, really good too.
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:34 PM   #18
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I'd say if you can manage it, mix it up. My tank hosts SAE, bristlenose & rubberlip plecos, otocinclus, Amano and ghost shrimp, nerite, ramshorn, rabbit and Maylaysian trumpet snails, and _most_ algaes are well taken-care of. I do get some green spot & green dust algae on the glass and anubias leaves, and of late have been seeing what looks like a bit of staghorn on the edges of some swordplants. For a tank that's been running about a year, she's pretty algae-free in my humble experience!

Additionally, _lots_ of plants help to use up all the nutrients that would otherwise fuel algaes.

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Old 04-08-2013, 12:26 AM   #19
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Not a fish, but did someone say nerites yet?
I got mine from azgardens.com. Their shipping is expensive at $49, so if you want to buy from them, get some some of your friends who have tanks to split the shipping and make a bulk order.
I ordered 20 snails, put about 15 of them in my 75G Oscar tank, and gave the rest to my kids and a few of their friends. All are doing well. The snails annihilated a bad hair algae problem I had and pretty much everything azgardens.com had about the snails seems to be accurate, at least in my experience. These guys seem to be indestructible. My daughter has on in a 3 gallon beta tank and it seems fine.
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:19 AM   #20
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I got mine from azgardens.com. Their shipping is expensive at $49, so if you want to buy from them, get some some of your friends who have tanks to split the shipping and make a bulk order.
I ordered 20 snails, put about 15 of them in my 75G Oscar tank, and gave the rest to my kids and a few of their friends. All are doing well. The snails annihilated a bad hair algae problem I had and pretty much everything azgardens.com had about the snails seems to be accurate, at least in my experience. These guys seem to be indestructible. My daughter has on in a 3 gallon beta tank and it seems fine.
There are much cheaper places to get nerites--especially if you only need a few. Keep in mind, female nerites (and the vast majority seem to be females!) lay sesame sized white eggs--constantly and everywhere. For the longest time mine only laid 'em on the underside/back side of my driftwood so it wasn't a big issues--but just recently they've started laying them on the walls--front side and back.
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:39 AM   #21
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I have 4 bristlenose plecos in my 75 (my brother breeds them, and were trying to get a group breeding in my tank)

I have 1 otto in my 8 gallon shrimp tank, and 1 nerite snail in my 40b which is the only thing that my puffer wont eat in there.

All of my tanks are algae free.
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:52 PM   #22
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If you can find it Septaria procellana is even better than nerite snails at finding and eating alge and as a added bonus they don't lay those white eggs all over the place.
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Ottos are my personal favorites as well as nerite snails, I hear rubber lip plecos are also good algae eaters, however I've never had one
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