06-04-2009, 07:55 AM
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Originally Posted by eileen
I had a constant algae promblem in my 55. gal. tank.All my levels were fine. 7.5 PH, Nitrate 0, Nitrite 0, Ammonia 0. I tryed algae eaters Otco. that only get to be about 2" big. They died and I had several of them. I was turned on to a Bushynosed Pleco or Bristlenose which is the same. They only get to be 4-4 1/2" max at adult size. Perfect for a small tank or big tank. Well that fish cleared out my algae problem in 2 days. It's the best fish that I ever got. I told my sister about that fish and she bought 2 of them and told me that she was amazed at how clean her tank was in 2 days. I love this fish odd looking but does a great job in cleaning on decor, and glass. It's like a vacumme cleaner for your tank. If algae is not present in your tank just drop in a algae waffer that sinks to the bottom, They also clean up excess food. Every tank should have one of these it's like Merry Maids for your tank. females are smaller in size then males. Males have like bushy tenticles on it's nose. Male and female will mate, male and male not good can cause problems because of teritorry fighting, female and female is ok.
An other problem with algae is that over feeding can be a problem, Cut back on your feeding to once a day and maybe skip 1 day with no food. Your fish will be fine. Fish can actually be fine without food for a week. It can also be your food you are feeding your fish. Go with a food with low phosphprus content minimizes the risk of algae blooms in aquarims. Nutrafin Max is a good food that has low phosphprus. Limit your light being on to a minimum I have mine on at noon til 8-9pm. Maybe put your lights on a automatic timer.
Hope this helps you and get a Bushynose Pleco or 2. You will be amazed at the job these little fish do in a day or two.
I've been checking out these pleco's. I think I might get one. I do have two others. A Whiptail and a Candystriped pleco. Do you think they would do alright with a Bushynose? Thanks for the info.