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post #1 of 5 Old 10-02-2006, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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Algea Eater

My tank has been up and running for about four months now and I'm ready to get my algea eater. I currently have 3 bettas (1 male, 2 female), 2 Redtailed Black Variatus, 2 Balloon Belly Molly, and I Redtail Dalmation Molly in a 20 gallon tank. The store I went to recommended either a Golden Algea Eater or a pair of Otocinclus...just wondering if anybody had a suggestion on which would be better?!

20 Gallon Hexagon:
3 Bettas (1 male, 2 female)
2 Redtail Dalmation Platys
2 Redtailed Black Variatus
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-02-2006, 03:13 PM
Golden algae eaters get big and get aggressive as they become adults. I would go with otos, like maybe 5.
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-05-2006, 10:13 AM
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I would definitely go with the Otocinclus. They do a great job of algae eating and are cute as buttons to boot! You could probably also go with an Albino Bushynose Pleco--they only get around seven inches, and they are also a fantastic algae vacuum.
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-05-2006, 10:40 AM
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A " Golden Algea Eater" Is also called a " Chinese Algea Eater" And from experience I have found out that they realy arent that great in algea eaters and are slow growers. Even at a small age they will try to swim up and attach to your fishy's sides to there mucus membrane...They will get worse when older too. So definetly go with the otto's if thats wat they have. Because you could always go with a bristienose.....and than add a * fancy pleco * later ;)

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10 Gallon Nano Reef:1 Chocolate Starfish, many snails...Work is in progress...err
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-08-2006, 01:03 AM
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Yeah what flattrack said; I work in a pet store (selling fish) and i never recommend the chinese algae eaters. In my own experience i have seen them suck the slime off fish (and the fish died, they were black moors) :( Plecs are the best, but if your tank is small, go for otocinclus.

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