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I need an algae eater!
Old 02-06-2011, 06:40 PM   #1
 
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I need an algae eater!

What would you put with the wet pets I have below? Something peaceful.


Thank You!
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Old 02-06-2011, 06:41 PM   #2
 
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Is that for the 125g? If so, bristlenose plecos and otos will work.
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Old 02-06-2011, 06:45 PM   #3
 
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Is that for the 125g? If so, bristlenose plecos and otos will work.
Lupin, she's a "fakie"* and the tank is still very new so any otos should wait for a bit, until the system becomes more established. I doubt there is enough algae in this tank to sustain otos, for the moment anyway. A bristle would be perfect, and Marie could add otos later.

*one who has fake plants, no real plants
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Old 02-06-2011, 06:46 PM   #4
 
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Oh. Didn't know the tank was still new. Guess it's why I should also ask how long the tank has been up. Was assuming this was established for some time already.
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:26 PM   #5
 
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Lupin, she's a "fakie"* and the tank is still very new so any otos should wait for a bit, until the system becomes more established. I doubt there is enough algae in this tank to sustain otos, for the moment anyway. A bristle would be perfect, and Marie could add otos later.

*one who has fake plants, no real plants
Rub it in, woman.

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Oh. Didn't know the tank was still new. Guess it's why I should also ask how long the tank has been up. Was assuming this was established for some time already.
Well the tank has been up for over three years. It just has new occupants now. And the light is much brighter and I am seeing algae on the glass...
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:09 PM   #6
 
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Rub it in, woman.

Well the tank has been up for over three years. It just has new occupants now. And the light is much brighter and I am seeing algae on the glass...
I couldn't help it. Lupin left it wide open for me to do that, lol.

It's my opinon (and only opinion, not fact) that otos do best in a planted tank. My otos are constantly grazing on the leaves in my tanks and I never see them on the tank's glass. I suppose if I had no plants they would be on the glass? Once a week, when I do water changes, I also clean the glass. Sometimes there's just no substitute for elbow grease.

For your tank I vote for a pleco. Clown, Rubberlip or Bristle would all be good choices for a pleco that would stay small.
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:52 PM   #7
 
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I couldn't help it. Lupin left it wide open for me to do that, lol.
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Old 02-08-2011, 08:40 AM   #8
 
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I couldn't help it. Lupin left it wide open for me to do that, lol.







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your tank I vote for a pleco. Clown, Rubberlip or Bristle would all be good choices for a pleco that would stay small.
Oh. Okay! How many do you think?
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Old 02-08-2011, 01:06 PM   #9
 
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You ask how many. If otos, a group of 5-6 would work. Plants would be beneficial as Kym mentioned [they will clean algae off the glass, or any surface for that matter if they can get to it].

If BN pleco, as you have space, you could have more than 1. Males are territorial, but in a 125g there is space. You do need wood though, and it has to be real, not fake, as wood is a part of their essential diet. This holds for most pleco species. Also, they need a refuge spot, like being able to get under a chunk of wood or in a wood tunnel, and each pleco needs this sort of "home." And divide up the surface of the substrate with these chunks of wood so they can establish their individual territory around them.

Some pleco species can be quite a load on the tank, they produce a lot of waste. The larger ones mostly do this.

We have species profiles here, and the afore-mentioned fish are included. Second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page, and they are under the Catfish section.

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Old 02-08-2011, 01:22 PM   #10
 
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I have bristlenoses, they are a very nice fish but another fish I have, which is great at eating algae, and gets along with bristles, is my a Royal Whiptail Catfish. He looks a little bit like a Farlowella, what I really wanted but can't find locally. My Whiptail is a very peaceful critter, I have seen him and the bristlenose side by side for lengthy periods of time. They don't seem to mind each other being in each other's space. I also keep otos in this same tank, this tank has zero algae, they all do their jobs very well.
In a 125 you definitely have room for an assortment of algae eaters. As Byron states, you'll need driftwood. Even my otos like hanging out on the driftwood too. Otos and plecos also do just fine together.
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