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Old 10-30-2005, 01:07 AM   #1
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Good Pleco/other algea eater for 20 Gal.

I'm thinking about getting a pleco, or some other fish that eats algea, for my 20 gallon, whihc has a bit of an algea problem. First it was some diatoms, but that went away, and now it is just the green stuff. I've tried limiting feeding and light, but it dosen't go away. I'm thinking a Bristlenose Pleco, but I'm open to suggestions.

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Like you said some bristlenoses or a couple of ottos is what i think would be good.
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Old 10-30-2005, 06:39 AM   #4
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Hamp...where the heck have you been?

If you're interested in bristlenose's, they are a wonderful addition to your tank. I happen to have 5 babies (about two months old) and they are really active and very playful.
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I use an in-tank UV sterilizer to eliminate my algae. That way, I don't have to invest on a whack of Ottos to do the cleaning. But, I do have a Bristlenose, and quite happy with him.
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I use an in-tank UV sterilizer to eliminate my algae. That way, I don't have to invest on a whack of Ottos to do the cleaning. But, I do have a Bristlenose, and quite happy with him.
Whole whack? I have one Pleco and I have NOT ONCE seen a single spec of algae ANYWHERE in my aquairium since he was introduced.

Alqea fears Plecos :P

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Like when buying any fish, I suggest you do some reading up on the species before I made a decision.
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Whole whack? I have one Pleco and I have NOT ONCE seen a single spec of algae ANYWHERE in my aquairium since he was introduced.

Alqea fears Plecos :P

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Like when buying any fish, I suggest you do some reading up on the species before I made a decision.
It depends on the setup and what you want in the tank. My first tank was setup for a Royal Pl3co and that was that. We all know that Royals are not good Algae cleaners, hence I bought a "whack" of Ottos (this was before I thought of using UV). Today, my tank is setup for Discus, and I wanted to keep a small Pl3co, hence I bought a Bristlenose. But, it's not the Bristlenose that's keeping my tank clean, it's my UV sterilizer.
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Like when buying any fish, I suggest you do some reading up on the species before I made a decision.
I always do!

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ok, so the most popular choice here is a bristlenose? I'll read up on them and start poking around the shops
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I saw rubber lip plecs at petsmart today,they kinda look cool.
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I'd go with a BN or an otto...btw...what is a "whack" of ottos? lol
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Dont get a bumblebee dwarf pleco!!! there useless!!!

Mine is so lazy, he relies on me dropping pellets in for food, then just goes back to his fave place and sits.
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