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Old 02-04-2004, 04:05 PM   #1
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Hi all,

What are the best aquarium inhabitants for control of algae? From what I've read so far, Ottos and Amano Shrimp seem to be very popular.

Is there a reason for Ottos over Chinese Algae Eaters?

Also, what about other freshwater shrimp, like Ghost Shrimp, Red Shrimp, etc.?

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Old 02-04-2004, 04:07 PM   #2
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ottos are far better than CAE's who can get large and aggressive. SAE's are a bett alternative to CAE's. Amano shrimp, red cherry shrimp, and ghost shrimp will all eat algae. I've found Amano's to be the most algae-hungry, while the cherries also do a god job they are too small to keep up with the amanos.
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Old 02-04-2004, 06:23 PM   #3
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there also is something you could do :idea: go buy some moss balls. i have tried this for 1 month with no water changes and have noticed less algae growth since i added these moss balls.

what they are is a form of algae themselves very high competitive for the same nutrients that algae needs to grow.

works well


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Old 02-04-2004, 07:12 PM   #4
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Where did you put the moth balls? In your filter?
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Old 02-04-2004, 08:03 PM   #5
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what they are is a form of algae themselves very high competitive for the same nutrients that algae needs to grow.
So do plants, nothing special with moss balls. I like using shrimp as for algae control. Otto's are nice, but it seems like they create more waste. I would say that around 5 shrimp create the same bio load as one Otto, but thats just a guess. I have a small tank so I am limited to how many fish I can have to keep things balanced.
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Where did you put the moth balls? In your filter?
OK, in the off-chance that somebody reads this years from now, then decides to add moth balls to their filter.:

MOTH BALLS BAD! :-)

I believe he's talking about Algae/Marimo/Moss Balls. There's a good thread here: http://www.plantedtank.net/forum/vie...ht=algae+balls , and you can buy them here: http://www.aquariumgarden.com/index....;plantid=mi087

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Old 02-23-2004, 07:52 PM   #7
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I thought that CAE's don't eat algea.....
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Old 02-23-2004, 08:48 PM   #8
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Where did you put the moth balls? In your filter?
OK, in the off-chance that somebody reads this years from now, then decides to add moth balls to their filter.:

MOTH BALLS BAD! :-)
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Hey,

Try a farlowella cat. They are algae eating champions But first, how big is your tank?
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Old 02-23-2004, 08:52 PM   #9
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I just added two bristlenose (Ancistrus sp.) to my tank. In 24 hours the results have been incredible. As soon as they went in the tank they started going at the algae (brown spot and green fuzz). My glass and plant leaves are spotless. They are very gentle on the leaves. I have some hard working otos as well but the bristlenose seem to have much more rasping power to get the glass really spotless.
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Old 02-24-2004, 06:29 PM   #10
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i have added some algae eating gobys...and a flying fox with some dwarf plecos....and yes moss balls and have no algae problems at the moment.


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Old 02-24-2004, 07:25 PM   #11
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CAEs do eat algae when they're young, but as they mature some will eat less algae. They also may get aggressive at this point. Mine keeps his tank spotless and he's not aggressive. I'm lucky.

Pink gouramis aren't bad at algae, but they get sort of large...
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Old 02-25-2004, 04:40 AM   #12
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Siamese Algae Eaters(SAE) are awesome at hair algae. They are also very active(My roomate likes them the best of my fish because they are active and swim kinda funny), but they can outgrow small tanks. Shrimps and ottos are great for small tanks.
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Old 02-25-2004, 05:01 AM   #13
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I have 3 SAE, wich, in my area is a rare prize... they stay busy.
I also have 5 ottos... they are less active but no less effective, and disturb the other fish less.

I discovered that cobalt gourami's will devour hair algae... too bad they were to aggressive for my cardinals...


If you cant find SAE, get ottos, IMO.
BTW, just because the fish seller SAYS its a SAE doesnt mean it is. Go here for a comparison of true SAE and what many retailers sell claiming to be SAE:
http://www.thekrib.com/Fish/Algae-Eaters/
once you know what to look for, they are somewhat easier to find.
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Old 02-25-2004, 12:01 PM   #14
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Am I the only one that has trouble with Ottos..

I bought 3 about a month after I first setup my tank, one lived.. I got 6 more about a week ago.. 2 died. All my parameters are fish friendly and my tank isn't over crowded and there is plenty of algae for them to eat. Just wondering if Otto's aren't that hardy. I know they are cheap, I can usually get then for under $1.50 ea around here, but I hate seeing fish die.
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Old 02-25-2004, 02:14 PM   #15
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They are usualy starving when u purchase them.
When I buy otto's, I slice a thin wafer of cucumber, boil it for a few minutes, and weigh it to the bottom, and then I drop an algae wafer in.. and even then some wont make it.
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