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post #1 of 4 Old 02-05-2012, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Need algea eater Ideas

I lost my alge scraper and I have alot of algea on my tank and I want something to eat it. I was thinking siamese algea eaters but I have a large stock (20 gallon tank planted) 1 swordtail, 9ish zebra danios, and 6 neon tetras. As I said I have a few plants and a filter.

So are siamese algae eeaters an option? What other options do I have(I.E snails of what kind)

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I lost my alge scraper and I have alot of algea on my tank and I want something to eat it. I was thinking siamese algea eaters but I have a large stock (20 gallon tank planted) 1 swordtail, 9ish zebra danios, and 6 neon tetras. As I said I have a few plants and a filter.

So are siamese algae eeaters an option? What other options do I have(I.E snails of what kind)

red ramshorn snails eat algae.

If you want a small sucker fish there's always Otocinclus, they get about 2 inches I believe. Best to get them in schools.
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Yes, snails help, but they will not manage to clean all of it if it is as bad as you say. Your tank is not large enough for Siamese Algae Eater, and besides, most algae eating fish are particular as to what type of algae. If this is common green, otos would work but they need at least 3 and do best in soft water (check their profile). From the photo (assuming that is this tank) you might get some floating plants to lessen the light.

Remember that without live plants, algae is actually doing a service by producing oxygen and consuming nutrients, much as plants would. A new sponge scraper to keep the front glass clean would be a good investment.

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post #4 of 4 Old 02-06-2012, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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THanks for the input, I guess I'll look into snails. Byron, no tht is not my tank it is my old SW tank that crached my FW is lightly-medium planted(recovering). I hae a scraper but my little siblings took it and I can't find it

And I read the articles I guess I didn't see they needed bigger then 20 gallons, good to know

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