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PostPosted: 2003.08.26(Tue)15:03    Post subject: Snails that eat algae? Reply with quote

I've got a bit of a film algae problem.. (brownish slippery material on the glass) I'm wondering if there is a specific snail I can put in the tank to clear this up? Or is there a particular fish?

Tank is a 20g with three dwarf blue gouramis, 8 neons.
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PostPosted: 2003.08.26(Tue)15:09    Post subject: fff Reply with quote

any snail will work, gold mystery snails are pretty. you can get the little ones for free but soon you will have about 100 they breed A LOT. If it's slippery the best thing would be a pleco though, snails don't cover a lot of ground and plecos eat more. if you don't like plecos try cories or maybe the chinese algae eaters. but I found that the chinese are kind of aggresive.
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PostPosted: 2003.08.26(Tue)16:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nix the Chinese "algae eater." It's not Chinese and it doesn't eat algae.

You probably want to find out WHY you have an algae bloom in the first place before you add more fish to your tank.

If you do decide to go for an algae eater, I'd stick with otos; they stay under two inches, they are not aggressive, and they're rather cute. They also won't overpopulate your tanks in a week! (Or ever, really!)
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PostPosted: 2003.08.26(Tue)17:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't otos have a very high chance of dying in transport / integration? And don't they get ich very easily? if I do decide to get them.. given my current setup.. how many could I put in there?
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PostPosted: 2003.08.26(Tue)17:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are delicate, but not so much as to stop you from buying them. Plus most stores will have a warranty on fish living for the first 3 days after you buy them. As for ich, none of my Otos ever got ich, but maybe I'm just lucky.

In your setup you can fit 3 or 4 nicely.
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PostPosted: 2003.08.26(Tue)21:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had otos living with my crayfish for months---they were fast enough to escape him, which is more than I can say for a few unlucky zebra danios!

The otos did, however, die. I think they starved to death--the crayfish was obviously not going to share his food, and they devoured the algae fast....and were dead by the time I started adding algae wafers.
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PostPosted: 2003.08.27(Wed)11:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've only had 2 mysterious oto deaths. And that was having for some time. They've never had ick that I was able to ascertain.
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