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|Algea eating team?|
i have a 55G planted tank and so far my algea eating team consists of a bushynose cat. i dont have much room to play with but i would like to build up my algea eating team to cover more diferent types of algea(i dont have a huge algea problem,i just dont want to) especially BBA.
any suggestions? i was thinking of getting sum amano shrimp and another kind of algea eating fish.
by the way the fish i have in this tank cosists of pearl gouramis, black neons, blue rams and angelfish.
|Posted 14-Jan-2007 09:35|
I would suggest amano shrimp if it weren't for the angels. They'll probably eat your shrimp. I guess I'd recommend a siamese algae eater, and maybe a few otos.
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|Posted 15-Jan-2007 16:46|
|Posted 15-Jan-2007 16:49|
ok thanx today im gonna get a SAE and ill ask if they can order in sum otos(dont often find them around here).
ill put some amanos in the 20G im setting up, with dwarf gouramis and harlequins.
|Posted 16-Jan-2007 01:19|
You might want to rethink the SAE. Sometimes, they will
eat algae, but only while small and young. When they grow
they will be right in the thick of things when you feed
your fish, and can become a behavior problem when older.
Stick with the Otto's.
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|Posted 16-Jan-2007 01:38|
the other alternative is sturisoma panamense, the royal whiptail. gorgeous, talented algae eater, and a bit exotic. you can get young ones from about 25 bucks each, through to adults at 35 - 50 bucks. well worth a look.
|Posted 16-Jan-2007 10:29|
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Frank, I think you are thinking of the CAE, chinese algae eater. I have 2 large adult Siamese algae eaters, who still devour algae with glee. They are the 2nd best algae eater out there, and Ive tried many.
My thoughts are, a pair of SAE, as these are social fish, keeping in mind that they grow to be about 5-6 inches.
Ottos in my experience, dont eat much algae except the soft green stuff, and wont touch any others. They also dont keep a tank clean. My sister has 9 of them in her 33g and the tank is still covered in algae.
The best algae eater out there is the Farlowella catfish, or twig catfish, however, the bristlenose pleco will outcompete this shy, retiring fish for food, and it will likely starve to death. They will not compete for food.
My thought it is the SAEs would be your best bet.
Other good algae eating options:
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|Posted 16-Jan-2007 22:34|
ive already bought a SAE and may buy another one. hes already cleaned all the algea of the smaller leaved plants and the milfoil s looking heaps better. he schools with the black neons when he isnt eating.. i think its coz they look similar withthe black stripe. a also think i will get another BN. we cant get ottos around hear anyway. i had mollies in there before and nothing happened soi didnt feed for nearly a week and still no progress so i put them in my 30G.
|Posted 17-Jan-2007 05:42|
true SAEs are just about the only thing in the hobby that will eat BBA. Otos and BNs aren't equipped to eat it, and Amanos won't eat anything other than tiny bits of it that we can't even see. They won't eat it once it gets going.
SAEs do grow to around 6 inches with a streamlined torpedo shaped body. They're active as well.
|Posted 17-Jan-2007 16:48|
I have 2 SAE in my 55. They are great at taking care of the BBA in my tank and very social. They are about 2 1/2 inches long.
|Posted 18-Jan-2007 08:36|
|Posted 18-Jan-2007 09:50|
Give him time. He can do it or get one more. You will notice the BBA disapearing over time.
|Posted 20-Jan-2007 09:20|
Hi, I am in desperate need of SAE's. Preferably in Miami Florida. I called about 30 LFS and no one seems to carry them. I was only able to find them online but the site has a minimum order amount and that'll cost me over $80.00. I just need 2 or 3. If anyone here lives in Miami FL. and are willing to sell me some of yours or know of a LFS that sells them, please let me know a.s.a.p. Thanks.
|Posted 01-Feb-2007 01:39|
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|Posted 01-Feb-2007 17:23|
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