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View Poll Results: If I had a 220 Gallon Aquarium, I would stock....
Cichlids. Duh. 34 30.36%
It would be Saltwater. That's how I roll. 11 9.82%
Bala Sharks 14 12.50%
Tinfoil Barbs 6 5.36%
1 Male Betta 6 5.36%
100 Neon Tetras 23 20.54%
Rainbowfish 13 11.61%
Goldfish 4 3.57%
Other - Please elaborate in a comment in the thread. 22 19.64%
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post #901 of 1118 Old 12-12-2012, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
See I have had and currently have bristlenose plecos, so I want something different. I also have a hillstream loach.

You ruin all the fun, lol.

Right now this dude is in a tank with Discus, and has been there awhile. He hasn't bothered the other fish or plants. The last time we were in Jodie saw him swim by, that is the first time we have ever seen him move.

I have read they can get aggressive with other bottom dwellers, especially those of similar shape, if they don't have adequate space. The footprint of the 220 is 72" x 24" x 24" and there are tons of hiding spots, so space shouldn't be an issue.

I should try and find someone who keeps one. All the various types of plecos seem to vary as per temperament and destructiveness.

Semi good news on the pea puffers. I only saw one all day, but at feeding time a second one came out. So only one is missing now. Hopefully he is not dead. I fed both of them white worms today, and I think they both ate. I split my white worm culture in two, added soil and a piece of bread. He said to use damp bread so I did.

Also, my Silver Dollars are back to swimming around patrolling the tank tonight. All four seem fine, I can't even tell which one made the Great Escape.
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post #902 of 1118 Old 12-12-2012, 06:20 PM
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IMO... hold off on the algae eater... they can get very nasty over time. All the LFS push them but I'm not sold. Do a bit more research... and be wary of the Flying Fox too. There are several forms of fish that resemble this guy and most LFS don't know what they have because they all look the same. I have a False Algae Eater which was sold to me as a Flying Fox. I can send you the link how to identify them if you want more info.
I have heard that the Bristlenosed Pleco is the BEST of the tank cleaners. Haven't owned one myself yet tho. Still have the Chinese and the False in the 75... maybe after they are gone.
I have heard the flying foxes can be nasty unless they are in groups of 6 or more not a fish I'm interested in I know some one who has just one and it is harrassing everyone even the dennisons are supposed to be 6 I have 4 because thats all they had left which look like flying foxes with a splash of red but my 4 have been fine so far I am noticing one hanging by himself sometimes that will change when they move to the 120 gallon there is a bit of chasing but not that bad
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post #903 of 1118 Old 12-12-2012, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
Siamese Algae Eaters and Flying Foxes are of course two different fish. I have read that the Siamese Algae Eaters are not typically aggressive. But they're all different, like any fish. I have read the Gold and Chinese Algae Eaters are more aggressive than the Siamese Algae Eaters.

I haven't uncovered a ton of info on any of these, a few profiles, but not as many as I usually find to compare.

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post #904 of 1118 Old 12-13-2012, 02:45 PM
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I like bristlenose and 'ottos'

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post #905 of 1118 Old 12-13-2012, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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I like bristlenose and 'ottos'
I like both of those as well, but I'd like something bigger for the 220.

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post #906 of 1118 Old 12-13-2012, 06:33 PM
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I second the otto's. They need to be in a school, so you need at least three, and the more the merrier. I have them in my 55 and they stay together as a group. They're not flashy, and they spend most of their time on my plants. But they're very active and fun to to watch.

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post #907 of 1118 Old 12-13-2012, 06:45 PM
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CF do you have any algae in your 220??

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post #908 of 1118 Old 12-13-2012, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
We got algae on the rocks pretty quickly, and then a month ago it started forming on the sides near the top where the lights were. I scrubbed it off a week or so ago, but now it is worse. Within the last couple of weeks it started forming on the front glass, though not to the extent of the sides.

That's why now I want some algae eaters. I know some of the larger plecos don't eat much algae, I just like them. But that's why I'm looking at algae eaters in general.

I made this video today, of the Ropefish repeatedly swimming against the current of the water output. You can REALLY see the algae on the side.

It has more (way more) algae than any other aquarium in our house. My Hillstream loach keeps one of the 55s clean, and a bristlenose keeps the other 55 clean. A couple of nerite snails look after the 20.
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post #909 of 1118 Old 12-13-2012, 06:59 PM
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They really love swimming in the current don't they? Maybe he thinks he is headed upstream. lol

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post #910 of 1118 Old 12-13-2012, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
I think that he plans on escaping if he can make it into the outlet. Good luck fellas.

They do really seem to enjoy it. I read somewhere their natural habitat is slow moving water, but if that is true, you wouldn't know it from these guys.

Did you see the crazy algae?
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