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    Algae Eaters Help

    I'm trying to get one of my tanks setup again but I find with this tank no matter what I do algae always grows on the sides and the bottom of the tank (no substrate). So what I'm looking for is any ideas on some hardy algae eaters that could either go with African cichlids or in a community tank. Please share your ideas and experiences

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    Are the lights particularly bright? If so, reducing it or using a floater like duckweed may help.

    The only algae eaters i know anything about are bristle nose plecos, otocinclus catfish, and japanese trapdoor snails. All three eat lots of algae in my experience and dont bother plants.
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    What type of algae is it you have? Not all algae eaters are equal, and some types of algae will not get eaten by fish.
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    How many times a month do you wipe your glass clean?Once a week,in a new,well lite place(near a window) or extra lighting would not be unheard off.Why no substrate?
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    Goldie I tried looking on the internet but couldn't recognize any of the algae types. It was green and started out on the glass just as a sheet of green then if left maybe 2 weeks it would start to grow strands like hair.

    Blue lagoon, it has never been by any windows, I cleaned it once a week but it seemed only a day later the algae would be back. I have no substrate because I find it easier to maintain the water (nitrates etc).

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    What are the nitrates?
    Algae pretty much needs light, water and nitrates to grow (quick and easy version ahah)
    So if you remove one of those, algae doesn't grow as quickly.
    Can't remove the water, you can reduce the light and nitrates.

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