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post #11 of 15 Old 05-08-2013, 04:47 AM
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you would of been fine with the manual removal and whatever other changes you did without the addition of a cleaning crew. now you are stuck with plecos that will need a bigger tank and whatever else they pawned off on you.
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you would of been fine with the manual removal and whatever other changes you did without the addition of a cleaning crew. now you are stuck with plecos that will need a bigger tank and whatever else they pawned off on you.
We were going to get shrimp anyway so this wasn't an issue. The shop advised against plecs as they would eat the plants rather than clean / eat the algae. I can't remember the name of the sucky fish they recommended but they are only about two inches long (maybe not even that) and are grey with one black stripe running the length of its body.

Thanks for your help though. At least I know it is being sorted as the tank when I got home yesterday was looking amazing with only a few brown bits on the plants and even a shrimp skin laying on the bottom of the tank so that is good news that the shrimps are growing well
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We were going to get shrimp anyway so this wasn't an issue. The shop advised against plecs as they would eat the plants rather than clean / eat the algae. I can't remember the name of the sucky fish they recommended but they are only about two inches long (maybe not even that) and are grey with one black stripe running the length of its body.

Thanks for your help though. At least I know it is being sorted as the tank when I got home yesterday was looking amazing with only a few brown bits on the plants and even a shrimp skin laying on the bottom of the tank so that is good news that the shrimps are growing well
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Something we all have to learn, is to fully research any fish before we acquire it. Sadly, stores are not always fully knowledgeable--or some just don't care. What starts out as a "small" fish can get to be a real problem.

From your description, you may have been sold Oto Catfish, which are harmless; or it might have been one of the Chinese Algae Eater or Siamese Algae Eater, both of which get large and certainly have problems. Click the names for the profile with info and photos.

We have a profile section with info on most all fish you are likely to commonly see in stores. Please research first, it can save you a lot of grief later.

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"the sucky fish" Love the description.

Can you post a picture of it? If they are oto's and they are young they will be smaller than that as that is about their fully grown size... although ours didn't get even that big.

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Something we all have to learn, is to fully research any fish before we acquire it. Sadly, stores are not always fully knowledgeable--or some just don't care. What starts out as a "small" fish can get to be a real problem.

From your description, you may have been sold Oto Catfish, which are harmless; or it might have been one of the Chinese Algae Eater or Siamese Algae Eater, both of which get large and certainly have problems. Click the names for the profile with info and photos.

We have a profile section with info on most all fish you are likely to commonly see in stores. Please research first, it can save you a lot of grief later.

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Hi Byron and Jeff, I have looked and they are oto catfish. They are just over an inch long. They love algae though! Our plants tonight are very green!!

The shop I go to are extremely knowledgeable and are very well known and respected in my area. They are called Maidenhead Aquatics and I have much faith in them as they don't just sell fish to anyone without checking properly that they will go into the right tank etc.

I like the otos though, they are quite cute as far as cute goes for fish! I can also spend hours watching the shrimps scavenging through the gravel!!!! Much pleasure.

Thanks for your help.
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