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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 1:45 pm Post subject: Best Algae eaters / shrimps for Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 hello  guys,
                        i  am  in  confusion  choosing  the  best  algae  eating   fish  /  shrimps  for  planted  ones,  as  some  reviews  says  Otocinclus  are  better  than  Siamese  algae  eaters,  becoz  they  tend  to  eat  java  moss,  is  that   true  ?  anyone  having  better  knowledge  in  this,  please  guide  me..
 
 I  also  heard  abot  amano  shrimps,are  they  good  algae  eaters?
 
 
 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 2:03 pm Post subject: Re: Best Algae eaters / shrimps for Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 I'd  advice  keep  a  mix  of  both.A  few  otocinclus  and  SAE.
 RCS  are  also  fond  of  algae  too.I  havent  yet  heard  of  any  instance  of  SAE's  eating  java  moss.
 The  only  thing  to  be  kept  in  mind  -  Dont  feed  them  too  often.My  SAE's  refused  to  even  touch  any  algae  after  they  tasted  frozen  worms   Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 2:45 pm Post subject: Re: Best Algae eaters / shrimps for Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 SAE  loose  taste  for  algae  as  they  grow  and  eventually  start  enjoying  fish  food.  Also,  once  they  grow  big!
 
 I  have  had  close  to  50  cherry  red  shrimps  in  a  8G  tank  and  did  not  find  them  to  be  very  useful!
 
 
 IMO,  a  cleaning  crew  of  amano  shrimps  and  ottos  would  work  best!
 
 I'd  say  maybe  3-4  ottos  and  amano  in  a  28G  tank  would  do  the  trick!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 3:46 pm Post subject: Re: Best Algae eaters / shrimps for Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 amano  shrimps  and  ottos  would  worked  best  for  me....  i  also  have  chinese  algae  eater  fish.....  he  also  cleans  pretty  well....  if  u  use  any  chemicals  for  algae  dont  add  shrimps  it  will  kill  them  ....  i  made  a  mistake  and  lost  hundreds  of  cherry,  amano,  ghost,  bumble  bee,  blue  and  few  more  dont  remember  the  name.....  i  introduced  shrimps  and  second  day  i  used  chemicals   Surprised   Surprised  a  blunder.....
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 8:47 pm Post subject: Re: Best Algae eaters / shrimps for Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 if  you  can  get  your  hands  on,  buy  american  flag  fish  instead.these  will  even  devour  the  algae  that  any  other  fish  refuse  to  eat.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:48 pm Post subject: Re: Best Algae eaters / shrimps for Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 Depends  on  the  size  of  your  tank.  But  as  mentioned  Ottos  and  Amano  shrimps  are  best.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:10 pm Post subject: Re: Best Algae eaters / shrimps for Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 Amano  shrimp  +  ottos  +  nerit  snails  .....super  combo  but  you  shouldnt  run  out  of  algae  Cheering
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:42 pm Post subject: Re: Best Algae eaters / shrimps for Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 SAE  are  good  but  they  grow  too  fast.  The  same  applies  to  golden  alage  eaters  too.  Ottos  are  among  the  best  and  a  large  bunch  of  shrimps.  Nerite  snails  are  the  best  but  they  keep  laying  eggs  on  the  glass  and  diftwood  leaving  that  no  issues  with  them.  
 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:39 pm Post subject: Re: Best Algae eaters / shrimps for Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 I've  personally  seen  SAE  nip  at  all  the  moss  buds  in  my  tank.  The  BBA  in  my  tank  came  under  control  after  I  introduced  an  adult  SAE,  but  had  to  say  good-bye  to  all  my  moss.  My  moss  in  that  tank  looks  like  a  bunch  of  threads,  without  any  micro-leaves  on  them.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:20 pm Post subject: Re: Best Algae eaters / shrimps for Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

                                                   
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SAE  are  good  but  they  grow  too  fast.  The  same  applies  to  golden  alage  eaters  too.  Ottos  are  among  the  best  and  a  large  bunch  of  shrimps.  Nerite  snails  are  the  best  but  they  keep  laying  eggs  on  the  glass  and  diftwood  leaving  that  no  issues  with  them.  
 
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 ARE  you  sure  buddy?  just   before  one  week  I  introduced  two  of  them  in  my  tank  40gals.  Is  that  OK  to  have  two  in  one  tank  no  other  fish  in  the  tank  and  planing  to  introduce  some  neon  tetras.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:50 pm Post subject: Re: Best Algae eaters / shrimps for Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 ottos  and  amano  shrimp  are  best  algae  eaters..  I've  heard  that  American  Flag  Fish   are  also  good  algae  eaters..  but  not  sure..  Experts  comments  please.
 
 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:13 pm Post subject: Re: Best Algae eaters / shrimps for Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 If  i  remember  correctly  The  flagfish  is  a  relative  of  our  true  black  molly.  And  the  Molly  is  one  hell  of  a  Algae  Eater!
 Its  got  phenomenal  algae  devouring  skills!!
 
 My  vote  would  go  to  the  molly,  as  it  is  really  cheap  Chuckle  
 
 Apart  from  that  is  you  dont  mind  a  few  dozen  snails  in  your  aquarium,  add  ramshorn  snails.They  breed  alot  and  oncee  you  add  5-6  you  get  40-50  adults  in  a  month.And  they  all  just  eat  algae.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 1:13 am Post subject: Re: Best Algae eaters / shrimps for Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 nerite  snails  would  be  good  but  you  would  need  combination  as  algae  comes  in  combo  pack  Chuckle  
 which  ever  cleaning  crew  grows  old  give  them  VRS  and  recruit  new  and  freshers  Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:18 pm Post subject: Re: Best Algae eaters / shrimps for Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 there  is  a  fish  available  that  looks  like  a  small  pleco.  it  is  called  bushynose  or  bristlnose.  it  stays  around  2-3  inches,  plus  fins.  even  one  will  clean  your  tank  2  footer  tank  out  like  a  whistle.  some  of  them  are  a  beautiful  shade  of  yellow,  or  white,  or  black  with  white  spots.  cute  and  total  algae  cleaner.  after  algae  is  finished,  give  it  boiled  cucumber.  so  easy!  google  it!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:05 pm Post subject: Re: Best Algae eaters / shrimps for Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 While  the  experts  are  leaning  towards  Otos  and  Amanos  ,  do  remember  that  neither  are  easily  available.  They  are  expensive  to  buy  and  not  so  easy  to  maintain.  Otos  will  devour  algae  ,  but  if  your  tank  runs  out  of  algae  ,  you  have  a  new  problem.
 
 I  suggest  also  think  about  what  is  causing  the  algae  to  begin  with.  High  lighting  for  a  long  period  of  time,  excess  fertilisers  etc  are  some  common  causes.  Also,  other  than  fish,  there  are  plants  which  also  help  to  keep  algae  in  check  by  using  up  nutrients  faster  than  the  algae.  Hygrophilia  Corymbosa  is  an  excellent  example.
 
 In  my  experience  ,  SAE  eat  algae  like  demons  when  they  are  young  and  then  graduate  to  French  cuisine  once  they  grow  old  and  completely  disown  algae.  However  they  are  very  sprightly  fish  to  keep  in  an  aquarium  and  good  companions  to  most  fish.
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