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Glass cleaner

Hi all, back again...

This time I've got a question for the general forum and for everyone as a whole. I am trying to find a good glass cleaner and I'm not talking Windex or something like that. I want to know what you guys use, besides a razor blade and your hand to clean glass AKA what fish/invert do you use to clean the glass for you.

Now my tank doesn't have much algae on the glass and if it does, it rubs off with my finger but im trying to get to the point where I can completely admire my tank and not have to clean or scrub the glass every week.

The algae on the glass is right by the substrate and I am guessing where the flow isn't so good in my tank. It mostly accrues near the substrate, or right above the substrate and like I said it is very soft algae.

My stocking list:
11 lambchop rasboras
1 true SAE
1 mickey mouse platy (girlfriends fish, so we cant kill it. . . .oh, darn)
A mixture of pond/bladder snails (these don't seem interested in the glass algae just the stuff on the plants)

My tank:
10 gallon standard
Planted plus lighting about 4 inches from the top rim
dirted (MGOPM) with eco complete cap
Sieryu Stone as hardscape
Generic 100w heater

Dosing:
I dose 1 capful of generic excel (glut-blahblah) every other day
Monday and Tuesday when I remember I dose macro then micro in that order.

Plants:
1 Red Tiger Lotus
1 banana plant
2 swords
2 crypts
carpet-ish of dwarf sag
a few stems of star grass
random floaters

Below is a pic of the setup to help visualize

Anyone may give input I don't care if your a complete beginner or a master I would like to get everyone's view point on this whether it be getting a fish/invert to solve this or changing my dosing up a little.

Lets hear what the forum has to say!

Thanks guys

~Kyle


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Tiger or zebra nerites!! One or two too large to clean the plants leaves. They keep my tanks spotless and love diatoms, even GSA.
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I have 2 apple snails and about 5 otos (and a Stiphodon goby who may or may not eat algae) in my 55, and there isn't speck of algae anywhere on the glass. With the amount of plants you have, I would try an oto or nerites before a larger apple snail. Mine have a tendency to knock plants around simply because they are so large.
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Your tank is so clean now that I thought you were starting your plants dry, then I noticed the fish hanging in the air.................
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I know my tank is pretty clean but I hate the algae I have on the glass it drives me nuts. I thought the sae would eat it but he doesn't lol

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my tiger nerite preferred to clean the glass while my ramshorns preferred to work on the leaves


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my nerites do most of the glass cleaning for me.... my saes mostly clean leaves, and my otos love to eat rock algae.

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I'll have to look into nerites do any of you guys know where I can get some or if anyone has any for sale in the sub forum?

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Another vote for the nerites.

I've got 2 in a 10gallon (with lots of other snails) that keep the glass completely clean. I had some pretty significant algae on the glass before I got them. The other snails would occasionally graze on it, but wouldn't remove it. The nerites completely cleaned it up soon after introduction, and have kept it that way since.

No idea where to get them, I'd just ask around at the local shops, I see them at quite a few shops around here (just not always in stock at any given time)
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i see them on aquabid and ebay once in a while. but a LFS is your bets bet.

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Otos will eat everything but Green Dot Algae. Nerites will take care of that.


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