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Blueyes
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PostPosted: 2003.08.18(Mon)4:13    Post subject: Alge eaters Reply with quote

Can anyone help

I am looking for fish that are alge eater's

Thanks.
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Kunnagh
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PostPosted: 2003.08.18(Mon)4:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try this for starters - scroll down to 'Catfishes' or 'Loaches' and read whst some of the excellent people from this forum have written!

I'm a newbie, and found it most useful.

http://www.aquahobby.com/gallery.html

Cheers!
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Garrett
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PostPosted: 2003.08.18(Mon)7:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

For smaller tanks, ottos (ottocinclus afinis, if I spelled that right) are good algae eaters. I have 4 in my 12 gallon and they do a good job of keeping most kinds of algae in check.
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PostPosted: 2003.08.19(Tue)14:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

if your just looking for some way to keep your tank clean you could also get various types of snails to clean the sides of your tank. many times snails can go places that the algae eating fish cannot.
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Huntress
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PostPosted: 2003.08.19(Tue)20:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to correct Kunnagh catfish and loaches are bottom feeders, not algae eaters.
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Kunnagh
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PostPosted: 2003.08.20(Wed)5:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apologies for misunderstanding - my post was far too brief.

If I'd done it properly, it would have said that the Catfish and Loaches sections contain some fish which are Algae eaters (like Otos in 'catfish') I was also aware that loaches such as Chinese or Siamese are algae eaters. I would not recommend a Chinese loach, however (and they're sometimes sold as Siamese ones, so be sure!).

What you should definitely do is read the whole profile of any fish before you get it Wink

Thanks for the correction, Huntress!

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FishAddict85
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PostPosted: 2003.08.20(Wed)6:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ottos are great. They stay small, but they eat only soft algae though.

SAE is a great algae eater, but they are difficult to find since flying foxes and CAE (which don't eat algae) are sometimes in the same tank. But if you do your researach (meaning you can tell them all apart) and know a good LFS that is reliable, you could go with them. OH, yeah, they can get somewhat big at about 5 inches.

Plecos are good too but you have to have a rather large tank to keep them. There are some smaller ones, but I think their minimum is a 20g. Rolling Eyes
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Tsartetra
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PostPosted: 2003.08.27(Wed)14:54    Post subject: 44 gal pentagon w/ a black spotty algae Reply with quote

Never saw this in my ten gal, but it's on my Lutea or Annubia and showed on the glass (rubbed off the glass, some rubbed of the plant, but most was resistant to my effort). It looks like the black mold you might see on bread--not green, but black(perhaps dark brown?). Would a flying fox keep that in check? Would the fox actually survive since I already have a Red-tailed Black Shark? What are my alternatives?

Tank specs: UGF w/402 Phead, )3 Aus Rainbows, 2 Skunk Botias, 1 Angelfish, 1 Red-tail B. Shark), 17w daylight bulb--in the process of looking for another striplight(no one has any in stock! Including PetSmart, where I bought the setup....GRRR), pH 7, Nit/Ammonia normal.
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PharCyde
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PostPosted: 2003.08.28(Thu)4:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd like to point out that Siamese Algae Eaters are not loaches, they are cyprinids. But I recommend the SAE over Bristlenose Catfish, Otocinclus and Flying Foxes.

Some other fish known to eat some algae (ie not much at all) include mollies and platys.

Look carefully at any fish called crossocheilus siamensis in stores, and maybe take an image of a true SAE to the store, as you must be 100% certain you are getting the right fish as stores can make mistakes consistantly.
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Tsartetra
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PostPosted: 2003.08.28(Thu)6:39    Post subject: An SAE is related to the Flying Fox, right? Reply with quote

The reason I ask is that I've read the Red-Tails and Foxes do not get along and Siamensis is a larger version of the Fox, right? It certainly looks a LOT like one and both are in the same genus.

So, my question is has anyone kept these with a Red-tail? Or should I go another algae eater route?
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