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In your own opinion what is the best ''algae eater'' for a planted tank.
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For the pesky hair and stag horn algae that not many other types of fish will eat...the crossochelius reticulates wins hands down.
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My BN plecos do a good job on most the big items.. Then my Oto's do a great job on "detail" type stuff. For the Hair algaes and stuff like that I like my SAE's as they do a great job there.

Thats my clean up crew for my tanks fo algae.. Oh.. and a few shrimps as well..

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I use SAEs, otos, amano shrimp for algae.
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What are SAE's and oto's?
Don't know all the acronyms yet
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CAE = Chinese Algae Eater.
Oto = Otocinclus is the latin name.

Anyway, I tried both of these suckers (literally they are suckers :P),
here's my experience of it

CAE: They are great DIATOMS (brown algae) eater. However, when they're a bit bigger (like 2 -3"), they'll be lazy, and likes to harass other fish.

Oto: They eat diatoms too, but I haven't seen them eating other kind of algae that I had like green hair algae, black bush algae, and blue green algae. One thing for sure is they are super sensitive to water parameters. and i had 2 died on me.

After these 2, I tried another sucker fish - The Flying Fox.
I just had them for about 5 days, and I can say that the Flying Fox is BY FAR
the BEST ALGAE EATER. They clear out the diatoms, blue green algae, green hair algae,
and even the black bush algae in my tank. My tank is now super clean that I am worried
they might be starving...

EDIT: i got the name all mixed up. lol.
Flying Fox = SAE = Siamese Algae Eater.


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Solution to ALL ALGAE Problem: Flying Fox!
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Nerites are hard workers as well.
I have an SAE, 3 nerites, 3 amanos, and a bushy nose pleco to keep my tank in check. They all do a good job


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i find guppies, mollies, platies do a fair job on most algae, esp. on those in the "hair algae" family, you staghorn, brush, beard, etc. even if they don't eat it i see them pluck it. they also scrape surfaces seems like what their lips are for. i have them with bristlenoses and random "pest' snails and have just a touch of hair algae along the edge of one anubias leaf, which is right in front of the bristlenose breeding cave so i think he drives them off before they can consume it. Also lots of cichlids eat algae. These may not be traditional clean up crew material but they may work in the right systems.
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I've never had any luck with Nerites. They either die or just sit in the same place all day and only move every few days. Oto's are great cleaners, but very sensitive little guys. I put in 5 and lost 3, which broke my heart. But, the two that are left are hard workers and getting fatter. I know its a big no-no because of aggressiveness but my CAE's are crazy good cleaners too. Between the Otos, CAEs and a few mystery snails my diatom bloom was kept in check. There does appear to be a tiny bit of hair algae they won't touch. I may have to try out that Flying fox.


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I have bristlenose plecos, otos, platies and ramshorn snails in the tank at the moment and would love to have shrimp as well.

Yesterday a ramshorn was nearly out of its shell with its foot wrapped around a hairgrass leaf polishing it up for me. Love it.

Platies peck at every surface of the tank and especially seem to clean up the Fissidens moss balls of something. So far I haven't noticed them eating fine leaved plants or moss the way some algae eating fish will.

Otos are everywhere eating whatever grows on surfaces.

Bristlenose plecos keep the wood clean.


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