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hi all..
my plants are starting to get slightly brown so im thinking i need a algae eater.. what kind of fish wont eat the plants but clean them
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Before anyone can suggest a type of fish to pick out, you should mention size/type of tank you have & how long it's been running.
  • What type of filtration are you using?
  • What type of plants/fish do you have?
  • What type of lighting are you using?
  • How long do you leave your lights on?

Brown stuff usually appears on the tips of plants after a fish tank is slightly established.
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my tank is 32"x 12"x 15" aprox 95 ltrs
its been running for around two months and all good with the water when i test it.
it has an internal filter that runs ok but will be changing to ehiem 2213
the plants are java moss.. java fern.. dwarf grass.. what i think is crispa type plants.
i have 2 small angels.. 3 penguin tetra.. and about 7 danios that was put in to cycle the tank but those 7 will be coming out soon.
the light is on for at least 7hrs a day then at least 1 night .. all night
the light came with the tank im not sure what power it is. it not super bright but its not dull
i have a pic in my tanks if that helps
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My first suggestion would be Siamese Algae Eaters (aka Algae Eating Sharks). They get to about 6 inches, eat all types of algae and are fairly hardy. I have two in my tank and they are constantly swimming all over the place eating algae off the glass, the plant leaves, the substrate, etc... Just an all around awesome fish. Make sure if you get them that you aren't getting Chinese Algae Eaters because they are the opposite as far as usefulness with algae. SAE's can be hard to find sometimes.

Two other ones that would be decent would be otocinclus catfish and bristlenose plecos. Otos are good but stay really small (only about 2 inches). They are also sensitive to water quality and can get easily stressed and die. They also can get stressed from the trip from the pet store. Bristlenose plecos are good and don't get huge (only 6 inches). They also eat most types of algae but you won't see them much during the day if they can help it and they're not as hungry as an SAE would be. This is all just my opinion though, I'm by no means an expert, I've just had experience with all three of these types.
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This will help you identify the Real SAE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nnJYdLSoso
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nice link. some LFS here have true SAE but have them labeled as flying foxes... *shrug* cant trust the LFS with common names these days...


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nice link. some LFS here have true SAE but have them labeled as flying foxes... *shrug* cant trust the LFS with common names these days...
Put some blame on the Distbutor too. I was @ a LFS while there were unpacking. They were sent a mixed order. In all fairness to everyone in the supply chain, with small fish, young eyes or a magnifying glass or both are needed to insure proper ID.

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thanks for the info .. good links
i'm going to see if i can get a pair of these they look good fish (especially if they clean as good as that)!
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thanks for the info .. good links
i'm going to see if i can get a pair of these they look good fish (especially if they clean as good as that)!
thanks
Pic the the smallest ones you can find, they grow pretty quick
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95 liters is too small.
Otos will eat the flat, stuck-on sorts of algae, and from the description it sounds like Brown Algae, also called Diatoms. Otos eat that sort just fine, and will not grow too big for your tank.

Bristlenose may eat it, too, but get too big.

SAE eat the stringy sorts of algae, not the flat sorts, and they get too big for your tank.

If you have a male and female Angel they may take over the whole tank when they start to breed.
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