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post #1 of 7 Old 01-22-2008, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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Livebearer Tank needs small algae cleaners, what kind?

I have a 90 Gal tank with about 30 guppies, platties, swords and Mollies total. I have a cory Cat and an upsidedown cat but I want something like 1 or 2 plecos but smaller? I don't want anything that will eat fry or get bigger than say a molly. I want something that will eat algae. Any help is appreciated.

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post #2 of 7 Old 01-22-2008, 09:31 PM
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A group of otocinclus would be perfect. Also you should really have a shoal of at least 3 cory catfish they like to be in groups.
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post #3 of 7 Old 01-22-2008, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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I forgot to mention that I do keep a little salt in my tank. Just one tablespoon per 10 gallons, since I have other fish than mollies in there. The molles seem very happy and healthy with that but will the fish you suggest be ok with the salt. My cory cat is ok, and yes I can add 2 more. Do they have to be they same type of corys?

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post #4 of 7 Old 01-22-2008, 09:47 PM
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It is best if they're the ame typ, ideally you would have at least 6 of the same species but cories aren't generally a ish that cope well with salt long term. Neither, I don't believe, are otos.
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post #5 of 7 Old 01-23-2008, 01:57 AM
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Humm I don't know of any type of catfish or bottom dweller that can handle brackish water. From what I've read cories don't do well in it..
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post #6 of 7 Old 01-23-2008, 02:35 AM
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Humm I don't know of any type of catfish or bottom dweller that can handle brackish water. From what I've read cories don't do well in it..
Cories and plecos will not do well in brackish water conditions. Besides, they originated from waters which are soft and very acidic. That's a far cry from brackish water conditions.
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I have a 90 Gal tank with about 30 guppies, platties, swords and Mollies total. I have a cory Cat and an upsidedown cat but I want something like 1 or 2 plecos but smaller? I don't want anything that will eat fry or get bigger than say a molly. I want something that will eat algae. Any help is appreciated.
None of your fish require salt. What salt were you using? Aquarium salt and table salt should be used for treatment of ich only. Both will never make your tank a brackish water environment nor will the fish benefit from them long-term. Marine salt is the one being used for brackish water but as mentioned earlier, none of your fish need it unless the mollies were bred in brackish to marine conditions.

For a 90g, look into the Ancistrus, Panaque maccus, Sturisoma or the small species of Hypancistrus. Ancistrus are excellent at consuming algae as well as the otos but do not rely too heavily on fish to clean the algae for you. You need to scrape them without relying on the fish if algae becomes unsightly. Like all other fish, otos and plecos need to be supplemented with veggies in their diet depending on the species you have.

A unique catfish, hara hara can also be added in your tank. Vary the food diet as much as you can. Fish receive various vitamins making them healthier and less prone to diseases.

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post #7 of 7 Old 01-26-2008, 04:33 PM
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There's lots of cool freshwater shrimp too! It's fun to see them in there, since they're so different from fish, and lots of breeds are great cleaners.
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