03-29-2008, 06:13 AM
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Re: Algae Eaters
Originally Posted by FilteredFun
Great start ... Thank You!
I am unfamiliar with many of the suggested species.
[Q] Is there an on-line site that would provide me with an image of each fish named in the search bos plus additional information?
[Q] Do shrimp and others listed actually eat algae off the plants w/o actually eating the plant itself in the effort?
I believe I have seen many images of the Bristlenose Pleco in planted tanks. That was one of the reasons we had it on our must get list. It was great at glass cleaning and bottom cleaning plus it was plant friendly.
Can anyone confirm the Pleco's plant interest or disinterest?
Thanks So Much!
planetcatfish.com is the place to go for catfish info. I'm a long-time member of that site, as loricariads are one of my specialties. If regularly fed, the sucker-mouthed cats rarely if ever touch soft-leaved or otherwise plants. The larger species may crush plants in their wanderings of the tank, but the smaller ones are not a problem.
The common Bristlenose cats are perfect for a planted tank with a piece of driftwood to call home. You might want to check out Ancistrus claro. They top out at 2.5 to 3 inches, so you could easily have a group of them in your tank. I keep six of them in my 75 planted.
The shrimp are after the algae and biofilm on the leaves, not the leaves themselves. Its the same thing with Otocinclus and their close relatives.