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brettxw 11-02-2009 01:11 AM

Not sure if right section - Question about pleco.
 
If this is in the wrong section, I apologize for that.


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?

molliefan09 11-02-2009 07:11 AM

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?

teddyzaper 11-02-2009 01:26 PM

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.

brettxw 11-14-2009 01:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by molliefan09 (Post 267498)
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.

Quote:

Originally Posted by teddyzaper (Post 267612)
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 :(

brettxw 11-14-2009 02:21 AM

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?

willow 11-14-2009 05:47 AM

hi
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.

brettxw 11-14-2009 02:21 PM

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)?

molliefan09 11-14-2009 02:54 PM

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...

Byron 11-14-2009 03:09 PM

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.

Byron.

stephanieleah 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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