- - Good algea eating fish.
|tran2255 ||04-14-2008 07:43 PM |
Good algea eating fish.
Hi guys, I'm just starting to get an algae problem in my tank that getting a lil out of hand. I just wanna noe what fish is good at eating algae, good with platies and gouramis, and isnt a pleco. I noe it a lot but its also a good chance for adding another fish to my tank. Thanks a lot for your help.
|briggadane ||04-14-2008 07:47 PM |
Need to know your tank size and what fish(how many) are in it now.
Wouldnt hurt to tell us your pH either.
|Albert ||04-14-2008 08:16 PM |
how long has your tank been set up? Is it exposed to a lot of light? You should test for nitrates. We need a lot more info to give a good recommendation.
|crazy4fish ||04-14-2008 08:17 PM |
|tran2255 ||04-14-2008 08:27 PM |
Sorry for being so vague. Yes the tank has a lot of light, its right next to a window. Its a 55 gallon tank with 4 gouramis, 7 platies and 4 cories, no invert. As of now I keep the tank at 76-78 F. pH around 6.8-7.0. Nitrate at around 0-.25 ppm (mg/L). Theres also a little salt in the tank, just about 1 tbs per ten gallons. Hope thats enough info, thanks. :D
|tran2255 ||04-14-2008 08:29 PM |
Snails and otos? Never thought of them, Thanks!!!
|Albert ||04-14-2008 08:30 PM |
snails though they look cool are less efficient. snails can go a little too far sometimes(eat everything and everyone).
|Flashygrrl ||04-14-2008 08:40 PM |
Your tank being right next to the window sets you up for a lot of algae...snails or otos then since you can't exactly just pick up a 55 and move it, and shrimp don't seem to be very capable of cleaning tank sides (or mine are just lazy :) )
|Albert ||04-14-2008 09:02 PM |
Well you probably shouldn't keep the lights on much. Thats not really enough nitrate to let the algae take over. The way u describe it, it seems in good care. I wouldent get catfish so much for your tank. You should come up with something to reduce the lighting anyway.
|briggadane ||04-14-2008 09:24 PM |
I too have my tank set up at a window. A 75G. I have "0"'s on all readings and a pH of 7.5ish.
I have pygmy cories, a choc pleco, 24 shrimp(red and ghost), 3 otos, a few(for now) freeloading ramshorn snails(they even climb into the hornwart to eat algae) and maylasians. I also have a Raphael cat and a Khuli loach, but they are seldom seen. All the others LOVE algae. So I do have some, but it stays under control.
And I find it a myth that SAE's or Otos harrass Discus. -Not sure what you are getting/have in your current tank.
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