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What is the best algae squad for HC?

Over the years I have used a variety of algae grazers for dealing with the inevitable appear of nuisance algae. I have used amano's, oto's, nerites, and rcs in my tanks to excellent effect. My 12 long (the iwagumi in my sig) is getting close to getting its squad, but I have a few concerns. I am not sure if I want to run nerites, as they could dig up my HC. Amano's can also be a concern, for the same reason. Any advice? Oto's are none negociable IMO. I don't plan on turning it into a pure shrimp tank, it may have small to medium carachins or something along those lines as the centerpiece. Any thoughts, its still a pretty blank slate. Thanks


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Over the years I have used a variety of algae grazers for dealing with the inevitable appear of nuisance algae. I have used amano's, oto's, nerites, and rcs in my tanks to excellent effect. My 12 long (the iwagumi in my sig) is getting close to getting its squad, but I have a few concerns. I am not sure if I want to run nerites, as they could dig up my HC. Amano's can also be a concern, for the same reason. Any advice? Oto's are none negociable IMO. I don't plan on turning it into a pure shrimp tank, it may have small to medium carachins or something along those lines as the centerpiece. Any thoughts, its still a pretty blank slate. Thanks
Yeah Amanos are a no go during the first months of an HC carpet tank. I have some that are like 2"-2.5" and I wouldn't do it. However if the tank has been established for several months or is already really heavily rooted from a dry start it should be okay. Nerites should probably be fine. I've never seen them dig HC or anything up.

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Cherry shrimp might be good for it. They don't eat a TON of algae, but I'm sure they'd be able to keep your HC relatively clean. I swore off amanos after I had to replant HC every single day after I bought them and the second batch died after a week or two. My water just has natural ingredients in it that kills amanos (mainly CO2 and high nitrates).


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My cherries are lazy then, they'll groom the algae so it looks neat and is free of debris, but wont eat the algae itself. Bastards!
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The nerites in my tank gentle clean the HC without disturbing it at all. The flag fish on the other hand rips it out, waits patiently for it to be replanted, and rips it out again.
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Sounds like amano's are out at least for the time being. Dang, they are good little workers. Not too worried about mortality as A: they are pretty cheap around me and I have kept them in crazy dosing and CO2 regimes. (30 gallons 4BPS, plus heavy water column ferts)

I guess I figured the nerites would be more problematic with their locamotive style, but I don't recall them doing any damage to my previous carpets. maybe that will be the second half. I hate to dump the into ADA tank water in the first year, they usually are a little soft, but I am planning on doing some hardness boosting.


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