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post #1 of 11 Old 11-02-2009, 01:11 AM Thread Starter
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Not sure if right section - Question about pleco.

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My pleco seems to be horrible at dealign with algae!! I am seeing algae form on the glass and where is he?? In the log. When I do see him, he is usually taking flakes of food that have landed on the gravel. I rarely see him doing anything with the glass.

Why?
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post #2 of 11 Old 11-02-2009, 07:11 AM
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plecos are not the best algea eaters, they need a good supplimented diet of fresh veggis and prepared food such as the flakes....what kind of pleco do you have?

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post #3 of 11 Old 11-02-2009, 01:26 PM
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if you have algea its because of the light or bad quality water. how often do u change ur water? if you change it weekly then turn the light off earlier and turn it on later.

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post #4 of 11 Old 11-14-2009, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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plecos are not the best algea eaters, they need a good supplimented diet of fresh veggis and prepared food such as the flakes....what kind of pleco do you have?
The one that has spots on it? hah.

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if you have algea its because of the light or bad quality water. how often do u change ur water? if you change it weekly then turn the light off earlier and turn it on later.
Really?? hm. I dont do water changes all that often. Once a month...oh boy. I should be doing more water changes huh :(
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post #5 of 11 Old 11-14-2009, 02:21 AM Thread Starter
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just noticed that the plants inside the aquarium (fake plants) now have algae on them. Is this a bad sign? Since the pleco doesnt do much to help out...What is a solution to remove the algae? Just water changes as stated above?
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post #6 of 11 Old 11-14-2009, 05:47 AM
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you could remove the fake plants and scrub them under the hot tap to remove the algae,
and if you have algae on the glass,you can use an old credit or store card to remove it.
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post #7 of 11 Old 11-14-2009, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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What fish are best for removing this algae, since I thought the pleco would be doing it ha. Also what fish would help clean up the algae on the bottom of the tank (gravel)?
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post #8 of 11 Old 11-14-2009, 02:54 PM
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ottos are good as their main diet is algae...how ever once algae is gone they dont adapted well to supplimented diets....do some research before buying any.....what is your lighting schedule??

regardless of algae or not you should still be doing water changes of at least 15-25% IMO. some may rec. more or less...

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post #9 of 11 Old 11-14-2009, 03:09 PM
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Your algae problem is caused by poor aquarium maintenance. The solution is to be regular in what needs to be done and clean up the water, not buy more fish which won't effectively handle some algae anyway.

You must do a weekly partial water change of 40-50% of the tank. This works to reduce the pollution that naturally builds up (fish waste remains in the tank, filters do not remove it) and will also keep nitrates low. Algae will blossom when this is not done. And your fish will thank you for the extra care.

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post #10 of 11 Old 11-14-2009, 11:13 PM
My pleco only eats at night when it's dark and/or when nobody is around. Otherwise s/he hides on her favorite place--under the log. If there is too much algae, I don't feed her algae tabs. She also eats fish food that falls on the gravel.

I'd do a wc after cleaning the glass with a credit card or however you end up doing it.
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