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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-02-2007, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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best algae eaters for an anubias tank

I've got a 125g mainly anubias plus a few crypts and ferns as space fillers.

I've got 5 SAE's to start with. What are the best plecos? I've had bristlenose in the past. I just wanted to see if any others that are worth a try?

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I enjoy the gold nugget pleco. Good looking and a eating machine

Whats this green fuzzy stuff thats growing in my tank.
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I LOVE my hillstream loaches. They look cool and are GREAT algae-eaters. My three 1.5-2" specimens cleared my 54 gallon in not even two days.

They were bought under the wholesaler-name "butterfly loach", apparently a longer-finned variety of the standard hillstream loach.
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both of the above stated do par possibly sub par jobs of algae removal. In a tank with large leaves like that you would want to have bristlenose, otto's, and nerites snails. The nerites are able to get on these such leaves because they can support the weight of this snail. For fish you definatley want ottos and bristlenose.


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You're crazy. My hillstream loaches first cleared the glass, then spent all their time on the Amazon sword leaves. They enjoy the driftwood as well, but the glass and leaves are their favorites. And I've personally watched them clean fully-covered leaves of all their algae.
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Although, to be fair, my abn's are quite the nibblers.
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I heard ottos are really good but I've had no luck in survival. Any advice??? What about a farowella?

A hillstream loachs are cool fish but wouldn't be happy in this tank setup b/c its too warm and lacks a strong current.

Keep the suggestions coming. I'd like to consider different species of plecos. My SAE's don't really tackle the green spot algae that inevidably clings to the anubias.
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I just picked up 2 hill stream loaches today, should have enough flow/O2 for them now w/ my new pump setup Pretty excited, the glass could use some working a little bit so I hope they earn their pay...

But, my FAVORITE pleco is a Long Fin Bushy Nose....his flowing gown/fins are so cool when he floats across the tank...and, he's the hardest working fish, and isn't shy like most other pleco's hiding all day, he's out in the open eating away...someone is breeding them locally in town here...

I've got 3 SAE's, 10-11 Amano's, but yah, no one touches the algae on the Anubia's, would like to hear suggestions as well...

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