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Well.. I have a 50 gallon tank with a bgkf 2 angelfishes and one siamese algae eater, and i need another algae eater, but i cant choose which kind!! im thinking about a BN pleco, but im afraid that the siamese will bully him... can someone help?? THANKS!
 

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Is it a siamese or chinese algae eater? Siamese algae eaters, unless you have a false flying fox, are peaceful fish and do not bully other fish. I have a bn pleco with my Siamese algae eater and they get along fine. The only reason I didn't get another siamese algae eater is because he wasn't that interested in cleaning up the algae as much as he was interested in eating the left over food. So I have him for scavenging and my bn pleco for algae. It works out quite well.
 

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Is it a siamese or chinese algae eater? Siamese algae eaters, unless you have a flying fox, are peaceful fish and do not bully other fish. I have a bn pleco with my Siamese algae eater and they get along fine. The only reason I didn't get another siamese algae eater is because he wasn't that interested in cleaning up the algae as much as he was interested in eating the left over food. So I have him for scavenging and my bn pleco for algae. It works out quite well.
im not so sure, but it is yellow - gold!!
 

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That's a false flying fox or Chinese Algae Eater, they are aggressive fish when they get larger and only eat algae for a little while. They get quite big, and what they end up doing is snacking on your other fish. They will start to eat the slime coat and other stuff off the other fish in the tank. I don't suggest keeping them in a community tank, unless you can have a strictly aggressive tank or something that is full of fish that can handle themselves. I just don't trust the little buggers no matter how adorable they are.
 

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get rid of him. chinese algae eaters would rather eat the slim coat off of other fish, possibly killing them, as they get older than eat algae. click on the shaded name to read more about them. they aren't good fish to have with other fish.
 

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That's a false flying fox or Chinese Algae Eater, they are aggressive fish when they get larger and only eat algae for a little while. They get quite big, and what they end up doing is snacking on your other fish. They will start to eat the slime coat and other stuff off the other fish in the tank. I don't suggest keeping them in a community tank, unless you can have a strictly aggressive tank or something that is full of fish that can handle themselves. I just don't trust the little buggers no matter how adorable they are.
oh.. thanks... do you think that they can hurt my angelfishes??? should i turnt it back to the pet shop i bought it??? if i have to, what algae eater should i buy???
 

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it will eventually hurt the angels. try to give it back to the store, they may even let you trade it in. BN plecos are ok, common plecos get rather big and would need a bigger tank than yours i think. some of the inverts, shrimp and snails, can also be good i believe, but i don't know enough about them to really recommend anything. you can look through the fish profiles (second tab in across the blue bar at top) for more information. make sure you get something that can deal with the same water parameters as the angels (shouldn't be hard).
 

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Definitely can hurt your angelfish, give him back. I would get a bristlenose peco considering they only get about 3-4 inches at the most, my little guy is 2.5 he's an albino. The albino tend to be smaller for some reaosn, but they are awesome algae eaters <3 and adorable to boot too. They are sweet little things and hardy, I haven't had any issues with him, in a 50 gallon you might be able to get two if you wanted depending on how many fish you have. ^^ I agree with Kendra always check the parameters first and do research
 

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thank you really much guys!!! i appreciate the help !!! :))) .. now can someone tell me all the colours of BN plecos???? thanks!
 

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i think they just come in normal and albino. both are kind of cool, though they aren't the prettiest fish out there.
 

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I think it's just normal and albino, I wanted normal but my tank is only 25 gallons and so I wanted to get the smallest kind XD so I got the albino. And though the little nubs on their nose is kinda weird at first you sorta fall in love with them later on. They kind of remind me of bulldogs XDDD lol
 

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If you do decide to get one, there are several things you might want to consider, they like caves and must have driftwood of some sort because it helps them digest (I think)... either way I know they need it, they are usually kind of shy in the beginning so if they hide don't worry too much, and also they like veggies. Most don't even need to be blanched for the Bristlenose because of their ability to rasp, mine loves the squash so I just remove the skin and take out the seeds put it on a veggie clip and away he goes <3 it's fun to watch. ^^ You are most definitely welcome most of the stuff I've learned is either from here or from my own experience so I love sharing ^^
 

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i have a common pleco, and i give him fresh zucchini once a week, peel and all. he eats the insides and only sometimes the peel, but it doesn't bother him so i don't remove it. it is fun when you get to see them eat, but they are nocturnal (common and BN i believe) so you don't really get to see them much.

and the drift wood is a must. mine hides underneath it all day.
 

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Ah thanks for the info on not removing the peel and seeds, I always thought for some reason it would be harder for them to digest, but I guess not XD. I guess I don't have to worry so much anymore, and he can just enjoy it all.
 

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The reason I suggested more algae eaters is because they prefer larger groups. But if you're going to bring the algae eater back to the shop I'd also suggest a bristlenose. Definitely a great pleco to have and they don't get too large.
 
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