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Kelso 09-14-2010 10:24 PM

Suggestions for an Algae Eating Fish
I have a 28 gallon tank kept a little above 75 degrees in very acidic and soft water. I'd do otos, but I never had luck with them, and even though this tanks is over a year old, I still don't feel I can handle them. Any suggestions? I'd prefer a fish that does fine alone or in a pair.

badxgillen 09-14-2010 11:17 PM

the bristle nose plecostomus...or ancistrus wil do well in that tamp and will stay small...

amberjade 09-14-2010 11:19 PM

Bristlenose plecos are great. I have a male in my 40gal along with cories, black skirt tetras etc etc. :) He is doing great and my glass is spotless. They do have quite a heavy bioload, tho, which you need to keep in mind. I feed him algae wafers as well.
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badxgillen 09-14-2010 11:24 PM

cherry shrimps or amanos are good but you will need a few....

Byron 09-16-2010 12:51 PM

You have the perfect tank for Farlowella. They are equal to otos in their constant grazing of all surfaces for common algae (the same algae otos will eat, common green and diatoms). Can be kept singly, or in a trio. I recently posted some photos on my Farlowella spawning, and of the fry which are doing fine now after several weeks. A neat fish, almost prehistoric, but extremely peaceful, 5 inches max but so think this is hardly noticed, and terrific in soft acidic tanks.

Check out the profile, Farlowella vittata, [click on the shaded name] and the photos in my other thread here


lrmaya 09-25-2010 05:23 PM

which would you guys recommend for a 60 gal tank with 3 gouramis and 3 tiger barbs?

badxgillen 09-25-2010 06:07 PM

forget the shrimp.....tasty treats ....

lrmaya 09-25-2010 07:40 PM

so the bristlenose and the farlowella would do fine?

badxgillen 09-25-2010 08:49 PM


lrmaya 09-25-2010 10:04 PM

cool cool!! thanks for the advice! joining this forum is working out for me so far haha

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