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Old 07-10-2015, 09:00 AM
 
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I suppose i could scrape it off but it would be nice to have the appropriate fish to eat it off.
I've had Plecostimus in the past but they grow to big for my Tetra themed 45gal tank, Any suggestions on what type of fish i need to buy?
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Old 07-13-2015, 06:53 PM
 
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The Clown Pleco sounds like it might be what you're looking for. Panaqolus maccus

They are pretty shy. I don't overfeed, so mine is not much bigger that 3", but I have had it for 12 years. I haven't seem them in any chain pet shops, I got mine when we still had locally owned shops - sigh.
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Old 07-14-2015, 05:03 AM
 
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Well i broke down and actually bought 3 small plecostomus, if they get too big i'll take em back to the store. the ones i bought look very similar to those clown Plecos..
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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So did you get common pleco's ? I'd personally return them now if you did. If you wanted a Pleco I would go with an albino BN Pleco of some sort, they stay small. I personally don't think theyre great algae eaters anyway. If you want something to take care of algae I think Nerite snails are the way to go.
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Old 07-15-2015, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Mount Laurel
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Get some Amano shrimps.
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Old 07-18-2015, 12:36 AM
 
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snails, Chinese algae eaters, and made sure to not keep light on or near open window, or over feed.
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Old 07-23-2015, 05:48 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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firstly, plecos ONLY eat algea as youngsters, as they mature they will ignore it completely (and need wood as their main diet is rotting wood)
CAE's can be highly aggressive...
you want either SIAMESE algea eaters (and most large chains don't know the diference between SAEs and CAE's so unless you have a small knoledgabel specialty store id skip them) or a little school of my favoritates, OTTOS...
ottos are very small, and voracious algea eaters eating the aleas that most wont touch.

snails are fine too if you don't mind them reproducing...

you also need to reduce feed and reduce light and introduce live plants, (either below the water line or above by rooting into the tank) these wil use the excess nutrients form the feed and fish waste BEFORE the algea can.
ife you've got a timer on your tank likght cut ou an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening...if you dnt have a timer on the light...get one and set it to have your light going for no more than 10 hours a day. if neer a window (or directly opposite) try and shade the tank, algea likes high light situations.
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Old 07-23-2015, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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Nerite snails wont reproduce in fresh water.

Of course you're right about lights being on too long, beside the window etc. Plants do help immensely also but planted tanks are a whole new ball game when it comes to fish tanks.
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Old 07-24-2015, 12:52 PM
 
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Skip it and scrape. There is no substitute for anyone who does not have a good fish store available. I'm sorry to bring the news. As noted, even the Plecos won't do the job soon enough.

My last LFS went under and is now dogs and cats only.
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:01 AM
 
Location: SW Ohio
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Skip it and scrape. There is no substitute for anyone who does not have a good fish store available. I'm sorry to bring the news. As noted, even the Plecos won't do the job soon enough..
Sure scraping is best way to remove it, but BN plecos ( Ancistrus ) are the bomb. If you're like me, I enjoy walking in the room and seeing my fish, so I keep the light on far too long. I went to a timer, and reduced my algae to a level my plecos can keep up with.

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My last LFS went under and is now dogs and cats only.
They're still around, but harder to find. The one's that survive have been in business for many years, new ones have a slim chance of survival. On-line options are just too hard to compete with. Overhead and Rent are killers!
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