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jbeethree
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PostPosted: 2003.08.28(Thu)9:38    Post subject: okay, I think I'm full...still have a few ?'s Reply with quote

Okay, my tank has completed the cycle....hooray!

I now have a 29 gal tank with:

6 zebra danios
2 platies (F)
1 upside down cat
1 jade cory
2 gouramis

yay! ( I do want to add a male platy, and perhaps something to eat the algae)


I do, however have some algae building up...is there a "magic" fish that will eat it all? I have noticed the gouramis eating it off the plants, and the cory sucks on some rocks, although they generally seem too big to fit in his mouth...also, what's the best way to remove algae that creeps down the edge of the tank beneath the edge of the substrate?

any thoughts anyone?
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PostPosted: 2003.08.28(Thu)9:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'll find that there are many different types of algae, and certain critters prefer different types. I would consider siamese algae eaters (SAEs) pretty good all purpose ones, but that doesn't mean they'll eat everything. Also, make sure you don't accidently buy a false SAE, a flying fox, or a chinese algae eaters...quick web search should give you some diagrams about the differences in those.

I'm also a big fan of bristlenose catfish. They're a small breed of plecos that only get about 5 inches long, so they're perfect for most people's tanks. They're better about eating algae, even when they're adults, than common plecos...and don't get to those unmanageable sizes.

I've never been a big fan because they stay so small a lot of my fish see them as snacks, but people have reported good luck with otos. If memory serves, those guys REALLY like diatom algae, which looks like a brown dusting that covers many new tanks.
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PostPosted: 2003.08.30(Sat)12:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your platies might take take care of some of it. I recommend the ottos, from personal experience with 'new tank' algae.
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PostPosted: 2003.08.30(Sat)20:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rainbow Sharks do minimal clean up on algae, not as much as SAE's and other algae eaters of course. But I don't know if a Rainbow Shark would go well in your tank Confused
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PostPosted: 2003.09.04(Thu)8:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

apart from algae eaters, can I add any Metynnis argenteus? I love silver dollars, and really want some...I do have a 10g tank I can put the danios in to make room...and I suppose it's not out of the question to think I might upgrade to a 50 gal in the next year or two.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.04(Thu)10:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wait till you get a 55+ tank to get silver dollars. There is no sense in stunting a fish just because it'll only take a year or two or three to upgrade.

What kind of cory do you have? Cories like to be in groups.

And what species of upside-down cat is it?
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