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Good algea eating fish.
Old 04-14-2008, 09:13 PM   #11
 
I have a huge snail population in my 30G planted tank. I hated it, but I have not seen one speck of uneaten food or algea, ever. My fish seem to keep the population under control to.

BN plecs also work wonders on algea. The tank being near a window doesnt help the algea going away, either.

I have had a few Amano Shrimp, and they are very good at cleaning up algea.

Also, the magnetic algea cleaner things work very well. I have one in every tank I have set-up.
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Old 04-14-2008, 09:56 PM   #12
 
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Sorry for being so vague. Yes the tank has a lot of light, its right next to a window. Its a 55 gallon tank with 4 gouramis, 7 platies and 4 cories, no invert. As of now I keep the tank at 76-78 F. pH around 6.8-7.0. nitrate at around 0-.25 ppm (mg/L). Theres also a little salt in the tank, just about 1 tbs per ten gallons. Hope thats enough info, thanks. :D
Tran, stop adding the salt. Salt on long term basis can permanently damage the fish's body system. If you study the osmoregulation system long enough, you will know why freshwater fish eventually fall ill by adding salt for a long time. Furthermore, you are only wasting time and money just for salt. There is no "health benefit" from adding it except for treatments only.
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Old 04-15-2008, 07:11 AM   #13
 
i am going with bristle noses
snails and siamese flyin foxes
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Old 04-15-2008, 07:13 AM   #14
 
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Tran, stop adding the salt. Salt on long term basis can permanently damage the fish's body system. If you study the osmoregulation system long enough, you will know why freshwater fish eventually fall ill by adding salt for a long time. Furthermore, you are only wasting time and money just for salt. There is no "health benefit" from adding it except for treatments only.[/quote]

what type of salt is it?
is it to harden the water?
or to treat ich?
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Old 04-15-2008, 07:50 AM   #15
 
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what type of salt is it?
is it to harden the water?
or to treat ich?
Aquarium salt and marine salt are commonly used. They are a waste of time and money unless you are using them for valid reasons. Using them on freshwater fish without reasons is not valid. Marine salt has buffering properties hence this is for brackish to saltwater tanks only. Aquarium salt are purely sodium chloride more expensive than the table salt. I see no reason why people should be wary about table salt. The iodine concentration in it does not harm the fish contrary to poplar belief.

Table salt and aquarium salt can be used to treat ich but I will suggest again not to waste your money on aquarium salt.
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Old 04-15-2008, 10:06 AM   #16
 
i dont know about the magnetic claening thing. The algae is hard to get off even by scraping it. Its not fuzzy, but is discoloring the glass. About the salt, I keep hearing mixed reactions to salt usage. Some love it, some hate it, but i appreciate the help.
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Old 04-16-2008, 02:50 AM   #17
 
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otocinclus are hard to beat for algae patrol but require in the absense of plants, considerable algae to surrvive. Bushynose pleco and Farlowella are also proficient.
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Old 04-16-2008, 07:24 AM   #18
 
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otocinclus are hard to beat for algae patrol but require in the absense of plants, considerable algae to surrvive. Bushynose pleco and Farlowella are also proficient.
Funny though farlowellas have always been overlooked.
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Old 04-17-2008, 07:32 AM   #19
 
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i have one of the magnetic things and it works great! :D the only thing it wont clean is algea that has been on the tank a long time (i cant get that stuff off even if i scrub it though ). i would suggest getting one and using it every week. that will help a lot with the algea problem. my tank is next to two windows as well (one on each side ) so i know how hard it can be to keep algea away.
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Old 04-20-2008, 12:01 PM   #20
 
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I have used and still use the magnetic cleaners. It removes algae from the glass so I can see into the tank better. It does not get into corners well and is useless for the plants, fake or real, and for oth decor.
My experience with otocinclus in tanks that had severe algae problems is that when you get them from the lfs they are half starved because they have not been in a tank with enough algae for them. In a very short time, you will be amazed at what a few hungry otos can do to clean up algae. When the algae is almost gone, you need to start feeding them by supplementing with algae wafers. Mine in my first 10 gallon cleaned it up pretty well in less than a week. Both of them are still going after a year and still keep the tank's algae under control but I have had to feed them wafers after that first week. Last week the wife was complaining about my betta sorority so I got 2 more for that tank. 3 days later she started joking around about the amazing job my otos were doing. She thought I had been using the magnetic cleaner. Her joke fell flat when she realized that the otos had actually done what she was referring to.
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