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Old 07-07-2013, 09:22 PM   #1
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Best algae eater?

I Ann trying to find an algae eater that would be okay I'm my tank. I have the capacity abd have a brown algae growth. My tank is 55 gal. Any suggestions? I gave a moonlight gourami, 4plattys, 3guppies 3 rams 2 bettas 2 angels 4 danios. And a butterfly loach.
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:13 PM   #2
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I Ann trying to find an algae eater that would be okay I'm my tank. I have the capacity abd have a brown algae growth. My tank is 55 gal. Any suggestions? I gave a moonlight gourami, 4plattys, 3guppies 3 rams 2 bettas 2 angels 4 danios. And a butterfly loach.
Can you post a pic of the algae?
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:32 PM   #3
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Normally it's best to find the source of the algae and fix that. But I have found that bristle nose plecos are great algae eaters and only get 5-6 inches long.
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:40 PM   #4
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I'm not much of a Pleco person as they produce TONS of waste and can get big. My favorite algae eaters are Panda Garra and Otocinclus Catfish. I also enjoy freshwater shrimp as they are fun to watch. Just my opinion haha
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:41 PM   #5
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I totally agree that bristlenose Plecos are great for your tank. I actually have 2 in my 55gal tank. One albino and one regular. I never have any algae in my tank
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:42 PM   #6
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I like bristle nose plecos since they are very hardy in comparison to otocinclus catfish
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:53 PM   #7
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You shouldn't get a pleco to control your algae..their bioload is worse than the algae. However BNs like everyone was saying are good..rubberlips..anything that stays under or around 5" should be fine. Could get a bigger one but would have to rehome it later down the road.
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Get some nerite snails. For a 55 I'd say get 5 eBay has them for like 20 bucks for 5 and you get 5 different kinds. There algae eating machines. My tap water chemistry has changed there's more silicates all of a sudden so I had a diatom outbreak got a few of theese guys for my tanks and within a week my plants glass and decorations was algae free. They don't reproduce in freshwater but will lay eggs. You can either pick them out or leave them.
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Get some nerite snails. For a 55 I'd say get 5 eBay has them for like 20 bucks for 5 and you get 5 different kinds. There algae eating machines. My tap water chemistry has changed there's more silicates all of a sudden so I had a diatom outbreak got a few of theese guys for my tanks and within a week my plants glass and decorations was algae free. They don't reproduce in freshwater but will lay eggs. You can either pick them out or leave them.
People on here usually sell m for cheaper than that too. Aquabid is also a good place to get snails, eBay like you said too..LFS have them all the time too.
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My lfs never has them and +1 aquabid is a good place and on here isn't bad on price if you find the right seller.
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