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Algea crew for a 120?

I have a moderately planted 120 gallon tank with
3 Angels (about the size of 50 cent pieces)
8 Giant danios (Soon to be removed, used for cycling)
2 Rainbows
4 Albino Corys
2 dwarf African Frogs
1 Leopard Gourami
2 Apple Snails

What can I add to help clean up the green algea that I am starting to get?

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OK, shrimp are out, I want to say Ottos, but I would worry about when the Angles get bigger.
With a 120 and your tank stock I would go with a couple Bristlenose plecos.

BTW, I love the way my apple snails work on my tank.

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Not to sounds totally stupid, but whats an otto?

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Not to sounds totally stupid, but whats an otto?
Otociclus vittatus , from catfish family
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Sorry, check this link:
http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...species_id=107

They are great little algea eaters. They are best known for taking care of diatom (brown) algae, but they graze like mini-plecos.

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They are also great for cleaning Green Dust Algae (GDA).
I have 4 small ones to keep my glass clean.
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Otos are my best friends. They clean the glass/plants/gravel and keep it clean. They won't touch my staghorn algae (knew they wouldn't) but any other kind they eat right up.
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Those are cool. I should get a herd of them and if I have to move them later I can.

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I've got ~20 in a 125. It's a shame they don't shoal, it would look like a mini WWII bombing raid.

Another note: True SAE's are good for your stock, however IME.....
1) when they get large, they get lazy, and mine even learned to swim upside down at the water surface to eat the flake.
2) If you have moss, the SAEs have a salad bar

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I bought
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9 Ottos

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i would also say stay AWAY FROM SAE they also like to nibble new growth off all your plants..... not good. they ate the tips of my italian vals.....

i would also look into getting a pair of bushy nose plecos if i where you... there are ALL diff types... albino longfin, albino,dwarf albino,normal, all diffrent color forms sizes varieties... nice nice fish...


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