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PostSubject: Which Catfish are the best Algae eaters?   Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:29 pm

Which catfish are the best algae eaters?
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PostSubject: Re: Which Catfish are the best Algae eaters?   Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:37 pm

Depends on tankmates and sizes. For my 100G, I have a pleco. However, if you have like a 10 or 20G, I'd suggest maybe cories. But for eating algae, plecos. Chinese/Siamese Algae eaters get aggressive, I've heard, but my albino dude does just fine in my tank.

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PostSubject: Re: Which Catfish are the best Algae eaters?   Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:44 pm

I was thinking maybe a cory for my 10 gallon, should i?
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PostSubject: Re: Which Catfish are the best Algae eaters?   Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:50 pm

Maybe two, but I'd be careful. Research different species and decide which ones are small and complement your fish.

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55 Gallon: A lot of little fish
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PostSubject: Re: Which Catfish are the best Algae eaters?   Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:53 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Which Catfish are the best Algae eaters?   Sat Feb 02, 2008 12:23 pm

I bought a small pleco and the petland fish person said we can just exchange it when its too big. Cool.
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PostSubject: Re: Which Catfish are the best Algae eaters?   Sat Feb 02, 2008 3:43 pm

Yeah, be careful. Some plecos can be pretty nasty, so keep an eye out to see if yours becomes a bully. You probably won't have a problem with it though.

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PostSubject: Re: Which Catfish are the best Algae eaters?   Sat Feb 02, 2008 4:55 pm

lol, no mines a wimp, he always hides under his plasic rock. The fish eat HIS food.
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PostSubject: Re: Which Catfish are the best Algae eaters?   Sat Feb 02, 2008 5:00 pm

What do you feed him? I would suggest a middle layer of fish for your tank. The Zebra Danios eat like pigs, I would assume Smile But yeah, you need middle-dwelling fish to make sure all the food gets eaten. For feeding suggestions, I would say some flakes in the morning, and a small amount of bloodworms at night. Also, maybe 1/2 an algae disk for the pleco. Ever decide on the cories or not?

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55 Gallon: A lot of little fish
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PostSubject: Re: Which Catfish are the best Algae eaters?   Sat Feb 02, 2008 5:03 pm

I am getting a few ausrtalian rainbows (i think they are middle fish) and instead of corys i got a new pleco. I have Hikari Algae wafers for the pleco, freeze-dried red grubs and some tropical flakes.
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PostSubject: Re: Which Catfish are the best Algae eaters?   Sat Feb 02, 2008 5:27 pm

Those should work well. If you think that the two plecos can't eat one whole pellet, it's your call on if you should break it in half or not. Australian Rainbows will outgrow your tank, so be extra careful on what you decide to get. Your other foods should work well for the Zebras.= sunny

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55 Gallon: A lot of little fish
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PostSubject: Re: Which Catfish are the best Algae eaters?   Sat Feb 02, 2008 5:33 pm

lol, no i only have one pleco. I meant him when i said new one.

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PostSubject: Re: Which Catfish are the best Algae eaters?   Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:28 pm

Oh, I thought you meant another one. I'd suggest 1/2 an algae disc a night in a tank like yours.

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55 Gallon: A lot of little fish
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PostSubject: Re: Which Catfish are the best Algae eaters?   Sun Feb 03, 2008 10:26 am

ok, if hey ever gets out from his rock. the other fish seems determined to eat the discs

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PostSubject: Re: Which Catfish are the best Algae eaters?   Sun Feb 03, 2008 2:16 pm

Thats good that your fish are eating, though!

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55 Gallon: A lot of little fish
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PostSubject: Re: Which Catfish are the best Algae eaters?   Sun Feb 03, 2008 3:55 pm

oh no worries there. They are all hungry buggers.

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PostSubject: Re: Which Catfish are the best Algae eaters?   Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:54 pm

Good. If your fish are eating, that's a key sign that they are doing pretty well.

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55 Gallon: A lot of little fish
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