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My apple snail eats the algae... you can see little marks over the algae where he has taken bites. Looks like artwork. c:
It helps keep algae down, but the snail can't deal with it alone.
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Ok, if we say or agree that no tank needs an algae eater then might one assume that no tank should have algae? I do not have a real algae problem in my 10g with two Watt cfl running on a timer 10 on and 14 off. I have a half dozen plants that seem to be doing pretty well but I get a very light coating of green algae on the tank glass which I clean weekly. Gravel seems clean and plants are clean. btw, I do not have an algae eater but had thought to get one, most likely the bristle nose.

I do not, I mean, DO NOT overfeed and I am sort afraid that my two Cory's don't get enough. I love to watch one find a bloodworm that somehow made it to the bottom.

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so can someone tell me the differences in:
Bristlenose Pleco
Clown Pleco
Common Pleco

obviously the common is the one that gets huge. Ive heard people here say that the bristlenose says relatively small. Whats the clown like. To me it looked like a common. My LFS got got fish in today and had all 3. I got myself a bristle nose for $3.49.
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I've got clown plecos in my 220 and they usually max out at 3 inches. Bristlenose can run between 3 to 5 inches, commons can get up to 24 inches. Clowns will stay hidden most of the time and only come out at night when the lights are off.

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Ok, if we say or agree that no tank needs an algae eater then might one assume that no tank should have algae? I do not have a real algae problem in my 10g with two Watt cfl running on a timer 10 on and 14 off. I have a half dozen plants that seem to be doing pretty well but I get a very light coating of green algae on the tank glass which I clean weekly. Gravel seems clean and plants are clean. btw, I do not have an algae eater but had thought to get one, most likely the bristle nose.

I do not, I mean, DO NOT overfeed and I am sort afraid that my two Cory's don't get enough. I love to watch one find a bloodworm that somehow made it to the bottom.
I think the point is that you don't NEED an algae eater, it's perfectly possible to keep a healthy tank without one. That is not to say an algae eater isn't helpful sometimes.
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Yeah, an algae eater is not required for a healthy tank but it helps.
I had two healthy goldfishautolinker.com autolinking image who grew big and lived for four or so years in a small tank (must have been smaller than 7 or 8 gallons) with no filter. Just an entire water refill every few weeks. Not practical for aquariums though hah.
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Anyone have experience with Butterfly plecos? My LFS is selling them at 3.49 a pop n they look sweet, anyone have stars for them or behavior?
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I have, 10 nerite snails in my forty gallon lightly planted aquarium and they do a great job with algae and they don't eat plants or breed in freshautolinker.com autolinking image water

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I had a Cichlid tank for years and am about to start it up again after a several year break.

There was a pleco in the tank that I would feed a wafer to a couple of times a week and he lived for about a year and grew to about 3 or 4 inches long. Before I got him I checked with the local shop because the Cichlids are super aggressive fish, and I was worried they'd attack the pleco. But I was assured the thick back on the pleco would protect him, and eventually they'd leave him alone.

One day I came home to find only the back "shell" of the pleco left, and they'd eaten the poor thing from underneath.

Now I'm wondering if I should risk another pleco in my upcoming Cichlid tank. They look great, and I liked having one in there.
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I've never had luck with bristlenose plecs. I added one to my fifty five gallon (I do scrub algae off the tank occasionally, but I was geing a pleco because I think they are funny fish, very entertaining) and it was dead within a few days. I tried one more time, and it was gone in a few hours. I have a small piece of driftwood in the tank, properly acclimated them, everything. Any advice?

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So I've read most of the posts in this thread, and it seems like people suggest supplementing the diets of algae eaters with wafers or veggie slivers (like zucchini). I have two ottos in my 20 gallon semi-planted tank, and when I first got them, I tried so many times to feed them but they would get afraid and the other fish (platys and danios) would just maul the wafers. Is there a way to feed algae eaters like ottos without tipping off the other ones? Can you "hide" a sliver of a veggie under a plant without the other fish knowing or caring? My ottos have been alive for almost a year now subsisting only on algae.

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With oto's I never could get them to eat anything but soft algae. I have had them for 3 years and never fed them anything different. There is plecos in the tank also so they do get freshautolinker.com autolinking image veggies, but I never see the oto's on it.

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I've never had luck with bristlenose plecs. I added one to my fifty five gallon (I do scrub algae off the tank occasionally, but I was geing a pleco because I think they are funny fish, very entertaining) and it was dead within a few days. I tried one more time, and it was gone in a few hours. I have a small piece of driftwood in the tank, properly acclimated them, everything. Any advice?

How big were they? I have got so many bns and haven't lost any. But have found that if they are less than 1 1/2 inches they usually don't survive the stress of catching, then adjusting them to new tanks. Even when I move them to growout tanks they are usually 1 1/2 inches. They prefer cooler water so usually like it around 76 but will take it up to 78. Not much higher though.

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I currently am expecting to upgrade to a 90gal here in a few days and I'm wanting to use black aquarium sand as my substrate and It's going to be planted. I'm not sure on what fish I will have other then my 3 bala sharks atm, but I was wondering what would be the best algae eater for me to get? I know I don't need one, but I love plecos because they have great personalities.

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Great topic. Very useful information.

Though I think that if you are going to have a topic that declares something so bold, there should be an equally well established post concerning how to ensure/prevent algae growth in one's tank. There are so many articles of how to handle algae after it's present, but nothing surefire as to how to ensure it never happens from the beginning.
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Great topic. Very useful information.

Though I think that if you are going to have a topic that declares something so bold, there should be an equally well established post concerning how to ensure/prevent algae growth in one's tank. There are so many articles of how to handle algae after it's present, but nothing surefire as to how to ensure it never happens from the beginning.
There is no surefire way. You need to get the right balance in your aquarium between light, nutrients, CO2, fish plants etc. The problem is knowing what the right balance is. Good maintenance and sticking to basic rules and common sense works most of the time but even the best and most experienced get algae outbreaks. It's easy to see when it's gone wrong, not so easy to know when it's about to. The best thing is aim for the right balance and then deal with it if algae shows up.

I am actually a fan of algae eaters and think they can be a big plus in a well balanced tank. In my 15 gallon with shrimp and nerites I don't even have to clean the glass! I think the point of this thread is that you can have a healthy tank with out an algae eater and that adding one to your tank won't always solve an algae problem and can even make it worse. A 10 gallon tank with an algae problem caused by being overstocked wont benefit from adding a common pleco. Also an algae eater that will gobble one kind of algae might not touch another.
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I have this green very fine algae that clumps up even better than java moss and am wondering what would clean that out as it has "infected" my java mosses and I can't separate them. Any thoughts on which guys can eat that?
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Hi, great post. I was thinking about getting 2 Cory catfish for my 29 gallon tank. What do you think?

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