Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Contra Costa CA
Dutch planted is a fairly dense jungle of plants. I am not sure if there is any real organization.
Clean up crew for algae in a planted tank:
Many Loricariads eat the flat, stuck-on sorts of algae. The better Loricariads are Otocinclus for small tanks, stock at about 1 Oto per 10 gallons. They are social enough to get along with each other, and most other community fish.
For a larger tank, the Bristlenose Pleco is good. They are not so social, but do such a great job on algae, that one is plenty for even a fairly large tank. The males tend to become territorial, especially if there is a cave and a female Bristlenose in the tank. They are fine with the smaller to mid sized community fish.
Several fish have a reputation for eating other sorts of algae, the stringy or hairy sorts. If you can identify the algae and the fish suits the water chemistry, then you could get something with such a reputation.
Florida Flag Fish
Siamese Algae Eater (Not Chinese! Algae Eater)
Some shrimp have a good history of eating algae, but they are so small that many fish will eat the shrimp. If you are keeping only very small fish, then shrimp could work for you.