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Okay so I have just about solved my algae problem...or at least gotten it in check, all that's left is to add a few fish that will clean off the algae on the plants. I have a rainbow shard that does his best but he's no match by himself...here is the rundown of my tank...29gallon 8 assorted tiger barbs, paradise gourami, rainbow shark, 2 rubber lip plecostumous', a dojo loach, and a delhezi bichir (I know I know, it's just a temporary home until my 75 is up and running).


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I was at petco and I saw there 'petco algae eaters' and 'golden algae eaters'...the regular ones looked similar to flying foxes or Siamese algae eaters, anyone know what these little buggers are? They're nice and cheap lol


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+1 for nerite snails... Although some loaches love to eat snails... little ottos are great too, very little bioload... ottos do best in groups... Tiger barbs tend only to be aggressive when kept in insufficient numbers... With 8 they should play rather well with there tank mates..
 

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+1 for nerite snails... Although some loaches love to eat snails... little ottos are great too, very little bioload... ottos do best in groups... Tiger barbs tend only to be aggressive when kept in insufficient numbers... With 8 they should play rather well with there tank mates..

Yeah they are pretty good, they have their own pecking order to occupy themselves, and nobody gets too far out of line with a 6 inch bichir patrolling the recesses of the tank


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Honestly u shouldn't rely on fish/snails for significant clean up... but like the barbs, ottos seem to like groups of six or more... and they're pretty tiny... you might also want to look at panda garra's... they're rather cute too...
 

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Lol....I missed the six inch birchir listing....not sure, but they might be a tasty snack...If u transfer this guy, the ottos maybe the way to go... smaller plecos if he stays, good scavengers but overrated re algae eating...
 

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Don't get the Chinese algae eater if that's what petsmart is selling. This fish is not worth a penny. It grows very big and does not eat algae plus it will eventually become the boss of the tank. Amano and red cherry shrimp takes care of algae too. Nerite snails are in high demand of freshwater planted aquariums because they can reproduce but their eggs will never hatch in fresh water. I will add another plus to the nerite. Otos are just about the best. Very cheap and will take care of many things. 4 otos may not show much improvement but 8 or more will definitely keep your plants a little more clean. Keep in mind that some algae are ignored by otos and shrimps. Black bear algae and stringy hair algae. Snails will eat all kind of algae but not at a fast paste. Siamese algae eater will take care of hair algae but that's only if you starve them enough. Judging from your live stock, you probably can't go on 3 or more days without feeding your fish. Maybe it's time to think outside the box and reconsider reaching balance in your aquarium :proud: Light limit, fertilize limit and water changes etc.
 
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