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Hi, great post. I was thinking about getting 2 Cory catfish for my 29 gallon tank. What do you think?
Cory's don't make good algae eaters at all as they are carnivorous, and they also are better in at least a small shoal of 5+.
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Yes I do understand that. But, I am not really looking for a really good alge eater, since I do not have an alge problem. But, if you don't think that's a good idea, what would you suggest for 29 gallons? I'm only looking to get about 2 catfish, so what is your opinion?

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If you want corys, I say go for either Habrosus Cory or Pygmy Corys, they are very small and grow between 3/4th to 1 inch so you can fit 5 in easily.

There aren't too many catfish out there that do very well in smaller tanks. Most of the catfish that are fine in smaller tanks, also happen to be ones that do better in numbers unfortunately. So that is my best opinion, having 5 or so dwarf pygmy's like the one above. They will require meaty sinking foods however.
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Hey i was just noticing the lack of talk on snails and shrimp and was wondering how much of an impact do they make on the whole algae eater thing?

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snails, guys! who wants to show some love for a few good old algae eating snails...

29g planted, Eheim 2215 canister, Top Fin 150w heater.

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Snails and shrimp make good algae eaters, but as with anything else they don't eat all algae.

Snails if you get to many of them can be detrimental to the tank so you have to be able to keep them under control.

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Nice thread! Good read
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I have 3 Plecos in my 125g. One Sailfin that we call "Sir Poopsalot", a royal named Vlad. (its the red eyes) and a little wide mouth pleco named Loud Howard. Vlad has a ton of driftwood to rasp, Howard and Sir Poopsalot feed on what ever algae grows on the back glass, occasional zucchini, and wafers as a staple. I know that eventually I am going to have to get a larger tank for Poopers, but he's doing fine and is probably my favorite non chiclid in the tank.

I must say that I agree with not purchasing a fish for utilitarian use. It's sort of like having kids so you have someone to take out the trash....

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Hi there, does anybody have any ideas why my aquarium constantly grows algae. Here is my set up:

75 litre tank, marina S20 slim filter, sandstone rocks, black pebbles. marine blue and white glo light left on 15 hours a day, tank next to window, change 50% water every week. The tank still grows alot of green algae for some reason. any ideas people? many thanks
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Hi there, does anybody have any ideas why my aquarium constantly grows algae. Here is my set up:

75 litre tank, marina S20 slim filter, sandstone rocks, black pebbles. marine blue and white glo light left on 15 hours a day, tank next to window, change 50% water every week. The tank still grows alot of green algae for some reason. any ideas people? many thanks
Wrong kind of lights, next to window so getting sunlight and leaving lights on for 15 hours a day.

Marine lights aren't good for fw. You need regular daylight bulbs in the area of 5000 to 6500k. Being that the tank also gets sunlight will cause algae outbreaks. Lights should only be on 8 to 10 hours max if you have plants. If you don't have live plants, just have the light on when your home viewing the tank.

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cory cats don't eat algae, they are carnivores
sorry if someone quoted this already, but i gotta ask, they are? everything i have read on them states they are omnivorous. i mean mine eat both algae wafers i feed my pleco, and shrimp pellets. they love em both!

also this post made me realize that i have no driftwood in my 20 gal for my clown pleco, so i took a piece from my 29 gal and transferred it over.

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Amano shrimp is a great algae eater. Also, some algae eaters only eat a certain kind of algae and not all so when looking for one you need to think about what you need the eater to tackle..
In my humble opinion, some tanks do need algae eaters especially planted tanks with say, ADA soil in its initial set up stage. And they keep things looking nice as the tank matured. Just my 2 cents.
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Sorry, I'm drunk and skipped a lot of posts. RCS were my first wave, followed by otos.

Bristlenose plecos were my choice after otos, but otos are small, friendly and schooling like most fish in my tank. Plus it's got a lot of plants... so I have 7 otos in addition to 70ish RCS (conservative estimate). I rarely have to scrape green off the front.
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I have 2 otos in a lightly planted 10 whats going on its not even close to clean

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There is no way any algae eater will keep up with a tank that heavily overstocked. The otos are probably spending more time trying to keep from getting killed by the Chinese Algae Eater than they are eating.

Algae eaters help those who help themselves. They don't clean. They eat what they need to survive, and nothing more. So if they aren't keeping up, you have to figure out what you are doing wrong, not what they are.
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I've got four dawrf golden otos , I initially got them to eat algae, but I sorted that out by cutting down on lights, and over feeding. But I love these little suckers, and will always keep them.
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thanks for the info.i was looking for one to put in my tank that would eat bread algae.i did google and it said Siamese algae eaters would eat it.
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I have not found an algea eater that my cichlids will let live with themes
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What type of cichlids?
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