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What else for my 55? And how is my ground cleanup crew?

Wondering what else should I put with what I have in my 55 Gal? I think I need something else to clean up my algae and wanna get rid of one of my plecos (to big) and how is my ground cleanup crew?

-- The tank is 55 gallons and pretty well planted

3 Glo Lite Tetras
3 Flame Goruramis
5 Corys (not sure the exact type, they are just pure grey)
2 Spotted Grey Corys
2 Plecos
3 Black Mystery Snails

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Definately lose the plecos. I'd get a handful of ottos, they're tiny, efficient little boogers, and they won't upset your aquascape. The perfect algae eater for a planted tank.


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Agree as far as geting rid of plecos... but the ottos seem to die off quickly...

Any other recommendations as far as cleanup crew, algae crew, and basic fish
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Instead of common plecos, how about bristlenose plecos (Ancistrus sp.). They don't get huge, and they do a good job of cleaning. They are great! I have several different species in different tanks and I love them.
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Bristleknose for sure. I don't tend to have much problem with ottos (depends how long they have been at the LFS) I always like having a bunch of them. If the LFS has had them for a while week/two you should have a low or no mortality with them.

Some of the smaller loaches are addictive Zebra/yo-yo are a few of my favorates for planted community tanks.


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you saying a should get more of a ground cleanup grew... like loaches to add to my corys??
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Clown and Rubbernose plecos are supposed to be pretty good. I don't know if rubbernose is the same as bristlenose or not. Other than that, I'd say otos and SAE's.

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Yo-yo loaches can be a PITA if you ever need to move them. The cories are great though.

So far, I've killed 3 clown loaches, but they were all decent around the plants. Not the world's best algae eaters, now that I think about it, but they have cute faces. Right now, I've got an albino bristlenose. Looks like he/she's gonna do well.

Definately lose the common plecs and try out one or two ancistrus.

Ottos are excellent too. They only die off when they get stressed out from being transported to the store and being bought the same day. Or if you accidentally dump a buttload of fish food one night.
Get about 10 of them, as they do much better in groups. People usually get only 1 or 2, and that might be why they have such a bad reputation for mortality rate, but they are shoaling fish and benefit from company.
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it has been my experience that the ottos do better in larger groups, and they do seem to do better if they have been in the LFS for a week or so before you take them home it seems like they do not eat very well if you buy them shortly after the lfs brought them in. the clowns really are not much of an algae eater though they are great on controlling snails.


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