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    Algee eaters for planted tank

    It's time to get a algee eater in my planted tank. Algee is getting bad. Green algee and light brown color on the plants.
    Its a 55 gal 4' tank. 2 t5 tubes. I use flourish excel daily and ei dose daily too

    The tank has a school of small neon tetras(about 25 of them). Some plattys. A couple weather loaches(5") and a lone clown loach(5").

    Whats the the best algee eater to put in? In my other tanks I have the following algee eaters I can use. Or I'll buy others if I have too
    a 5" bristle nose
    2 6" Chinese algee eaters
    2 4" simeese algee eaters
    several common plecos from 3"-8"


    thanks for for any advice to control this algee issue
    Mike

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    Bristle nose pleco are the best they actually clean the tank and gravel where as I find others just eat and poop and stay on the bottom of tank

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    I would suggest one bristle nose pleco or a school of ottocinclus.

    Common plecos will out grow the tank and produce a lot of waste... plus they are not always the greatest algae eaters.

    I'm partial to ottos myself. Get at least 5-6, they prefer to be in a group. Ottos are fun to watch and super algae eaters.
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    I have never noticed them ottos at the pet store. Are common to find? I live in the annapolis valley and our only store is pu in new Minas. So maybe I should throw my 5" bristle nose in there till I'm able to find those ottos?

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    Also stay clear of the Chinese algae eater not a very social fish and can become aggressive and they don't eat a lot of algae..Siamese on the other hand are great algae eaters of various types of algae.The Garra "doctor fish" is also an excellent choice.
    I like discus cause discus like me.


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    Nerite snails are also great algae eaters, and come in all kinds of cool patterns and colors :)
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    I used BNs and ottos with my planted tank, both worked out well.

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    I also have an albino bristle nose and a school of ottos in my tank... everyone gets along fine.
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    nerite snails, ottos or bn plecos.
    Best ones I know of.
    Of course getting the right lighting and Co2/excel will help too.

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    Thanks for the replys. I put my BN in there till I can get some ottos.

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    Actually the best algae eater in my experience is the american flag fish Jordanella floridae which is a species of Killifish. You want one male and at least 3 females.

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    The Ultimate Algae eater! American Flagfish. In Picture Male is on top and female is below. Actually a very beautiful fish! great community fish but does not do well with aggressive fish, but in a well planted tank with lots of places to chill this fish will be very happy except when you have more then one male in a small space. Then its battle royal! I find when you have one male and 3 females these fish are very happy and their colors really come out and bonus you end up with babies! They eat every kind of algae there is!
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