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post #1 of 9 Old 01-30-2012, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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helping someone pick an algea eater

A person I work with has a 20 gal. She has a three pretty good size goldfish in the tank. I helped her find a home for her common Pleco. The Pleco was 10 inches long, and someone else gave it to her about a month ago, to clean her algae. Well, it did that, but she agreed with me, he was way to big for the tank. Today he found a home in a 125 gal, so that's all good.

I know she'll just get another small Pleco. Does anyone have an idea of what better suited algae eater she could get? Again, no heat, so otos are out. Also, she isn't some good fish keeper, who tests her water, so it's gonna have to be a hearty fish. Ideas?

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post #2 of 9 Old 01-30-2012, 07:33 PM
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What's causing the problem with the algae ? Maybe that could be an easy fix without adding another fish. Otherwise, I've heard that tadpoles can help with algae...snails if there are no live plants.
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post #3 of 9 Old 01-30-2012, 07:33 PM
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ramshorn or apple snail...not much you can add without having a heater.

Some algae eaters can suck the slime coat off goldfish and make them more susceptible to disease.

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What's causing the problem with the algae ? Maybe that could be an easy fix without adding another fish. Otherwise, I've heard that tadpoles can help with algae...snails if there are no live plants.

Snails are kept with live plants all the time (some do not like them) and not many live plants are kept with goldfish.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #5 of 9 Old 01-30-2012, 07:45 PM
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Assuming there are no live plants, algae is good not bad so leave it. It assimilates nutrients in the presence of light and produces oxygen, just as plants do. Algae is only "bad" when it grows on plant leaves and kills them.

In such a small tank with a goldfish, I would not add anything else.

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You all have some good ideas. True, she probably shouldn't add anything, and just clean the glass of the algae. I'll talk to her about that. I don't even know how often she cleans the tank. I'm guessing, not much. She has no live plants, and snails would be a good idea.

The guy that picked up the pleco, recommended a Chinese algae eater, but looking those fish up on the profiles, that is not a good idea.

thanks all!

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post #7 of 9 Old 01-30-2012, 08:54 PM
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No to the CAE without a heater and definitely not good with goldfish.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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I'm fighting a losing battle with algae in my goldfish tank. Goldfish eat the snails. Not even the plants are growing fast enough to combat it (even with better lights and photoperiod). I think algae and goldfish go hand in hand as something you won't be able to avoid. My suggestion: if she wants to get rid of the algae, get rid of the goldfish and stock the tank with something else.

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post #9 of 9 Old 01-30-2012, 09:57 PM
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Perhaps inexpensive, fast growing plants to out compete the algae.
Anacharis, Hornwort and Utricularia gibba come to mind.
They do a great job in my goldfish pools with green water.
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