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SeaSerpant 02-11-2008 08:35 PM

I have some green algae on the ground on my rocks and some dark brown on the top of my fake plant near the light. My pleco died so have no algae eater, What would the best way to remove it be?

It'sJames 02-11-2008 10:17 PM

Amano shrimp are great at removing algae, as well as snails. My snails love the green algae that's creeping across my plants, and have managed to remove it all. I'm not sure that shrimp or snails will eat the brown algae, but you could definatly give it a try.

Do you know the water parameters? How long are you leaving your lights on daily? Any live plants?? What's your water change schedule?

Falina 02-11-2008 10:19 PM

Does your tank get direct sunlight? How long do you leave your lights on? Too much light is the first thing i would look to in your situation.

Plecs don't really at algae, unless they are bN plecs, so i doubt his absence will be the problem.

A nutrient imbalance could be a cause as well. What are your water parameters?

It'sJames 02-11-2008 10:21 PM

I recently got a plec for my algae problem. He wasn't a bristlenose, but he definatly took care of the algae -- expecially the algae on the driftwood.

Falina 02-11-2008 10:26 PM

I should have been clearer - sorry. Plecs while young will often eat algae, but as they mature they tend to stop doing so. Another thing to point out is that they are huge waste producers, so they aren't going to make your tank any "cleaner", the opposite actually.

Cody 02-11-2008 10:58 PM

I second Falina's statement. I had two commons when I was about 8 or 9 (still remember) and they were great algea eaters untill they reached 4-6".

Amano Shrimp are amazing cleaners. I have one in my 30, and my tank is spotless.

Flashygrrl 02-12-2008 05:23 PM

I'm going to go ahead and swear by my cherry shrimp. The research I did said it would eat most of the leftovers and algae in my tank and they weren't wrong!

SeaSerpant 02-12-2008 08:16 PM

well i got a albino pleco here are the pics
Tell me what you think. I'll test the parameters on saturday after i've done a water change. I'm going to winter camp tommorow thru friday so i won't be back till friday.

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