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Prefered Algae Eater

Badmans Tropical Fish Message Center: Beginner freshwater : Prefered Algae Eater

Chris R.

Sunday, January 27, 2002 - 10:57 am
I wondered what opinions people had about what the best fish were for keeping down algae. My tank is a 30g (long) community tank with tetras (just finishing ammonia cycle [2 weeks in], but plan to add corys and gourami or possible a pair of rams over the next few months). The water is slightly acidic and there are live and platic plants in the tank, rocks and a largish piece of driftwood. First, when can I add the algae eater (the algae is here already)and second, what kind of algae eater do you recommend? Thanks for any advice.



Sunday, January 27, 2002 - 12:50 pm
i put my algae eater in about the same point you are at now and he's still alive, but i do supplement his diet with an algae disk once or twice a week, plus a peice of driftwood that he gnaws on. Mine is a bushynose/bristlenose pl*co/catfish. Ancistrus is their family name. I find he does a great job, and he won't (or shouldn't) get as large as the sailfin pleco (only 3-5") I have a 20 gallon, so perhaps you could get two in a 30?
People are also always recommending the otto. (otocinclus?spelling?) It's a small slender fish that likes to be kept in groups. What kind of algae do you have? Diff kinds of algae come from different sources...



Sunday, January 27, 2002 - 01:19 pm
Ottos are very small and I hardly ever see mine. They do better in a planted tank, but are really good at cleaning up algae. You should keep a grop of these little guys.At least you don't have to worry about them turning into monster giants like a hippo pleco.



Saturday, March 09, 2002 - 06:01 pm
I highly recommend the oto's. I keep two in a 20-G tank. When I added them, I had a good bit of brown algae (diatoms), and already had two Siamese Algae Eaters. Within a couple of days, all algae was gone. They are usually suckered onto the sides of the tank, but occasionally swim around. And they're great with plants.


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