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Clean up crew for 45 gallon tub pond?

I couldnt decide whether to put this in algae, invertebrates, or fish. So I decided to put it here.
I have a 45 gallon tub pond. It is in need of something to eat decaying leaves and mulm, and something to help fight against some algae.
It is open to the elements and small and is subjected to more extremes than normal ponds. It does have a heater but that only stops so much.
It never goes below 64, but might go up to the high 70's through 80's in summer.
Its more usual constant temp is around 70 - 75...
I wasnt too sure what would fit best in this situation as all the pond cleaners here are meant for bigger ponds. And all the tank cleaners cant live in temps that low.. That I know of..
I suppose that temp swing isnt all that big. Living in SoCal has made me wary of temperature swings lol..
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My first thought...pond snails. They eat dead stuff.
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Great choice. Add 30-60 ghost shrimp to the pond snails and you'll be set. Oh, and if you don't feed them, most common livebearers (guppies, mollies, platies, mosquito fish) will eat algae.

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It has pond snails. I was looking for a larger more industrious worker or two.


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An Ancistrus spp.?

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I thought about a pleco but am not sure which kind would be best suited for this pond.
I'm not sure if they will survive the winter, as mild as they are...


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I'd say Otos...but I'm not sure if they are cool with temp swings.
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I wouldnt think they would be. I put an apple snail in there for the decaying leaves...
Looking more into pleco's right now... The smaller ones seem like a good choice.. Might update the heater to give me more options..


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