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Old 03-11-2007, 09:14 PM   #11
 
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Corys should eat your algae, mine at least eat their algae wafers and I have zilch visible algae on my gravel, thanks to my handy Ammano shrimp (who stay small, the ghost shrimp don't) and now Melafini Corys (? i'm checking on that)
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Old 03-12-2007, 07:33 AM   #12
 
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It is true that corys will eat algae wafers. It is possible that they will eat algae growing on the gravel. Other than that, though, they don't eat algae. My loaches like to eat algae wafers too, but I still get a fair amount of algae on the loach tank.
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Old 03-18-2007, 10:18 PM   #13
 
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I found that an ounce of prevention works wonders for algae control. I had an issue for a while. I now use some real plants mixed in with my silk ones. Not only does it make the tank look good, but it eats up the nitrates which the algae thrives on.

The other thing that worked for me was phosphate control. I had high phosphates and I now use filter media that reduces them. That helped tremendously to get a handle on it.
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Old 03-19-2007, 09:18 PM   #14
 
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I looked at 3 different pet shops for a bristlenose pleco and none had any,
one of them had what were called rubber lipped suckers are those good for helping algae control?



Live plants would be hard for me to add to the tank because the gravel is really thin, The only plant i could possible add would be some java moss or some type of floating plant.

What type of media do you use to control phosphate?
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Old 03-19-2007, 10:33 PM   #15
 
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Rubber Lipped Suckers are Plecos so it should eat algae. I don't know if they are more/less/same efficient than any other Pleco though.

I only have 2 small live plants in the corner. I forgot the variety of the plant I have, but it really helped. I also put a tiny one in our 3 gallon. Maybe you can build a small mound of gravel to secure it in the corner.

I buy the media I use at Petco. I can't remember the name, but it's a large cut-to-fit light green floss that is marked on the package to "help with the removal of phosphates". One of the moderators here suggested I test for phosphates, but I couldn't find a kit so I bought the floss to try. It worked right away, so my guess is I have high phosphates, which algae thrives on.

Do you have any foam or bubbles on the top of the water, even if slight?
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Old 03-24-2007, 09:57 PM   #16
 
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yea if i look up to the top from the bottom it looks like tiny little bubbles on the surface, i just figured it was from the bio-wheels ..
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Old 03-25-2007, 08:04 AM   #17
 
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Then I bet that's it. I never did find a phosphate testing kit, but now I use the cartridge that comes with the Eclipse, and I add a small piece of the phosphate removing media and it's been good.
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