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Its 3 jack Dempsey's, 2 green terrors, 2 red terrors, and a red devil. I've thought about trying snails but not sure of what kind and they would probably be hard to find in my area
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Unless the aquarist has a large tank or getting a really large tank than I would advise against plecos. They need the space to grow and flourish. A better and far more compatible species are cory's. For the most part these species and the pleco's are incapable of really reducing algae if there is a lot of it. So other options have to be considered.

Traditionally algae control it is about proper lighting(avoid any direct tank sunlight or even partial tank sunlight), filter media and maybe chemical algae reducers, but then this will probably affect plants if the aquarium has them.

if you have plants reducing iron is a bad idea as they need this, but a person could reduce it a little if there is a problem.
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I wonder why nobody thus far has mentioned using platys for algae control. My quarantine tank had two decorative snail shells in it, one baseball sized, and one softball sized. They both where solid green with thick algae growth, because I had strong-ish lighting and only anubias. I purchased a small group of 4 platys, and within the first week of quarantine, even with daily feedings, they picked the shells clean!
I couldn't believe it, I hadn't even seen such effective cleanup from the common pleco I used to have.
When a platy is eating plentiful amounts of algae, it's eyes turn bright green. This really makes them pop and become even more beautiful than before!

It seems as if fish eat money as well as flakes.
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Zuchinni and peas were mentioned in the above article but are there any vegetables to stay away from? I normally keep a little bucket of vegetables scraps from cookin then eventually put in in my compost.. What you suggest?
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Unless the aquarist has a large tank or getting a really large tank than I would advise against plecos. They need the space to grow and flourish. A better and far more compatible species are cory's. For the most part these species and the pleco's are incapable of really reducing algae if there is a lot of it. So other options have to be considered.

Traditionally algae control it is about proper lighting(avoid any direct tank sunlight or even partial tank sunlight), filter media and maybe chemical algae reducers, but then this will probably affect plants if the aquarium has them.

if you have plants reducing iron is a bad idea as they need this, but a person could reduce it a little if there is a problem.
There are plenty of small plecos that a person can choose from. Plus the fact that cories are omnivores and don't eat algae. they might pick at it trying to get to the little microscopic creatures that are in there. Chemical reducers can be very harmful to livestock.

Oh and I do have several tanks in the 30 to 40 gal range with pleco groups.

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I vote for otos as number one algae eater, then ancistrus. Chaetostoma a distant 3rd. All others.... nevermind

Avoiding algae in non planted tanks is easy.... cut back on your light and do your water changes and don't overstock.

Does anyone leave flat rocks in a bucket of tank water out in the sun until it is covered in algae and then feed it to your otos/ancistrus? By rotating them you can always have a freshautolinker.com autolinking image supply of algae for them to nibble on. Other fish like to pick at it too.

Otherwise the Hikari mini and regular algae tablets are the best!

And I agree - keep fish that nibble on algae because you like them!!!
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im getting a ton of bristle noses, but they are a long fined. will they clean up as well?
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I have a 33 planted gallon fish tank, 3 angles, 2 danios and one golden wonder killi fish. Not sure if I have the description in the right order on the wonder fish. I have had two bristle nose plecos disappear. Are they dying and being eaten? What would be a good small algae eater for this size tank. I've already went through the regular plecos only to give them to the pet store when they out grow tanks.

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Boy, Thanks for the wealth of info, great article and very informative, I'll have to bookmark it for future references..
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I'm going with ottos.Plecos will eat algae,but also need wood ,and mine spend alot time on clean wood.I don't expect ottos to clean up for too much lighting or bad water,but think they wiould be the most effective choice.
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For what its worth, I was at a C.O.A.S.T. club meeting today and Dr. Paul Loiselle said his favorite algae eater was a Garra species - I think it was Garra flavatra. (a diminutive one also known as Panda Garra) Said they were great in planted tanks too!

If you don't know who Loiselle is, lets just say he is a well published ichyologist and also the curator of freshwaterautolinker.com autolinking image fishes at the New York Aquarium. Great bios about him online and his cichlid books are must reads.

I'm sticking with what I said earlier - Otos first, Bushy nose a close second.
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Nerite snails for anything on glass. 4 of them cleaned my 40 gallon breeder algae experiment tank in 3 days.
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I cant find information on the one I have
I think its called dracula or something like that
its all black with white spots
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Yes!!! thats the one, except mine as white dots
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When I first started keeping fish I got a 10 gallon tank and a 2" sailfin pleco. Guess who has a 120 gallon tank and a 14" pleco now? LOL. It's all his fault!
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Oto Cats are amazing! They went to work on my tank and it looked ship shape in a matter of days. Best ever!
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