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Old 05-04-2012, 06:36 PM   #11
 
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Jack Dempsey is not a soft water fish, they need medium hardness, and basic water.

The CAE are nothing but trouble as they get older.
Just curious as to how they are trouble. I thought I heard something about them, but can't remember where I saw it. If they are such a problem, what are they algea eaters that actually eat algae?
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Old 05-04-2012, 06:48 PM   #12
 
we put some plants i my girlfriends 55 last night. i literally sat there watching the fish chowing down on them lol. she thought she would be ok cuse her cichlids are very small. i said well at least you got cheap plants.
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:18 PM   #13
 
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we put some plants i my girlfriends 55 last night. i literally sat there watching the fish chowing down on them lol. she thought she would be ok cuse her cichlids are very small. i said well at least you got cheap plants.
Yeah I have been hearing that african cichlids will munch on them, but I also know SA/CA cichlids just uproot plants. So I'm not trying to have ton, as where I'm constantly picking leaves and plants out of the tank.
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:23 PM   #14
 
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Just curious as to how they are trouble. I thought I heard something about them, but can't remember where I saw it. If they are such a problem, what are they algea eaters that actually eat algae?
It's all in their profile, click the shaded name on Chinese Algae Eater. They will not be a good choice for your tank (really, they are not good choices for any tank unless you really like them, and want a large tank with just them).

No fish is good at algae control. The best form of algae control is to reduce nutrients (weekly water changes) and reduced light intensity/duration. Oto Catfish will eat some forms of algae, but they are a soft water fish and quite small, need to be in a peacful tank. Plecos will eat some forms of algae as juveniles, but they stop as they mature. Snails will eat it if they have to, but they'll go for dead/dying plant mater and left over food first.
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:33 PM   #15
 
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So these types of different fish that eat algae, why are these fish even consideres algae eaters? Just confused, cause all the research I have been doing, alot of descriptions say that certain types of fish feed on algae, but if these fish really dont eat algae, whats the point?!
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:57 PM   #16
 
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Yeah I have been hearing that african cichlids will munch on them, but I also know SA/CA cichlids just uproot plants. So I'm not trying to have ton, as where I'm constantly picking leaves and plants out of the tank.

actually her 2 gold severums were doing the most damage.
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Old 05-05-2012, 05:47 AM   #17
 
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So these types of different fish that eat algae, why are these fish even consideres algae eaters? Just confused, cause all the research I have been doing, alot of descriptions say that certain types of fish feed on algae, but if these fish really dont eat algae, whats the point?!
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Well, the point of any fish should be because you like them, either their looks and/or their behavior.

In the case of the CAE, read the profile, it says specifical how the fish is not named well.

Some fish do eat some forms of algae, for example the Oto Catfish, but I already mentioned why they won't work in your tank.

If you keep the nutrients down and don't leave your lights on all day, algae isn't a problem in the first place.
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:30 AM   #18
 
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Well, the point of any fish should be because you like them, either their looks and/or their behavior.

In the case of the CAE, read the profile, it says specifical how the fish is not named well.

Some fish do eat some forms of algae, for example the Oto Catfish, but I already mentioned why they won't work in your tank.

If you keep the nutrients down and don't leave your lights on all day, algae isn't a problem in the first place.
Yeah I was able to read up on them. Didnt realize that about the fish. Yeah, Oto catfish would be a meal in a heartbeat in my planned setup.
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:32 AM   #19
 
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Well, the point of any fish should be because you like them, either their looks and/or their behavior.

In the case of the CAE, read the profile, it says specifical how the fish is not named well.

Some fish do eat some forms of algae, for example the Oto Catfish, but I already mentioned why they won't work in your tank.

If you keep the nutrients down and don't leave your lights on all day, algae isn't a problem in the first place.
Also yeah I keep my lights on 8 hours out of the day. Luckily I havent had a problem with it yet. I may end up taking those fish back, no use for them at this point. I need a good bottom dweller to pick up the scraps, and good suggestions for my setup?
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:09 PM   #20
 
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wow i think it's a Absolutely a beautiful tank and set up! makes me miss my larger tank although never that big (had two 60gallons at one point) It really makes me miss the bigger tanks for the room you have to build and stack rocks and plants the way you want.. with a 120 gallon about how much filled with water would that sucker weigh in? And do you ahve it in a house with a raised foundation or on a block slab? Anywho looks very good!
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