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post #1 of 4 Old 03-15-2012, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Algae eater for 29g

Hi everyone,
I want to add some type of algae eater to my 29g aquarium. It seems that my three options are otto cats, a rubber lip pleco, or a bristlenose pleco. I don't particularly care for the whiskers on the bristlenoses. So which would you recommend, the otto cats or the rubber lip pleco and why?


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post #2 of 4 Old 03-15-2012, 07:01 PM
I would suggest the Otto's, I have 3 in my tank and absolutely no algie to be found. Plus they keep to themselfs and don't bother any other fish in the tan. And I just like watching them clean the tank they are hard little workers. And if they run out of Algiers, I just give them algie wafers.
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I believe the Rubber Lip Pleco can attain up to 7 inches, so I would not get one of those for a 29g.

Otos in a small group (minimum 3) would work if you have plants, they love browsing plant leaves continually. Understand they only eat common green algae (and diatoms too), they won't touch the more troublesome brush algae and other types. Not much will, suitable for a smaller tank.

Farlowella vittata is equally good, but requires soft slightly acidic water. Otos seem to manage in slightly basic water, though I don't know for how long.

The smaller snails like pond snails and Malaysian Livebearing snails also eat algae, though minimally by comparison.

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post #4 of 4 Old 03-15-2012, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for sharing guys! I think I'm going to choose the otto cats. They seem to be well suited to life in my tank. Any other input is still welcome :)

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