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Algae Eater that is compatible with Cichlids?

I'm planning on keeping some blue moorii cichlids and was wondering what type of little cleaner would mix well with them. I'm not sure if a catfish would like the sandy substrate, but I could be wrong, and shrimp, snail, or crab I'm pretty sure they'll eat when they get big enough.

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Re: Algae Eater that is compatible with Cichlids?

You can get a small pleco such as Bristlenose or clown - they max out at 4-5 inches and are very peaceful and large enough for the cichlids to leave alone. Plecos have to have a piece of driftwood to rasp on as part of their diet. I have a BN pleco and I think he is very cool - and I have NO algae in my tank.
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Re: Algae Eater that is compatible with Cichlids?

Thanks for the info. The bristlenose would keep the tank even more interesting
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Re: Algae Eater that is compatible with Cichlids?

It is also important that you supplement their diet with sinking algae wafers for and a slice of zuchinni 2 or 3x weekly as the algae in your tank will not be enough to keep it fed properly. How big is your tank?
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Re: Algae Eater that is compatible with Cichlids?

It's a 55 gallon tank. I'm getting it set up now and plan to keep 2 or 3 of the moorii, possibly another type of cichlid but I don't want a crowded tank and I know the moorii and a catfish will get to a decent size as they mature.
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Re: Algae Eater that is compatible with Cichlids?

I have kept pleco's of all sizes with my Nile tilapia (an African Cichlid). They do just fine together.

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