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cleaning crew for algae

Postby kellogs » Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:48 am

Hi Guys,

What fish do you use as your cleaning crew for algae and non eaten bottom food?
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Re: cleaning crew for algae

Postby DJRansome » Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:55 pm

Feed less so there is no uneaten food (ever).

For algae, try a bristlenose pleco. But don't add a single fish...wait until you are ready to add 3 or more.
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Re: cleaning crew for algae

Postby kellogs » Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:37 pm

thanks DJ.

Do you think other type of pleco is ok too?
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Re: cleaning crew for algae

Postby DJRansome » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:15 pm

Nope. Even bristlenose has only 75% success rate.
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Re: cleaning crew for algae

Postby ironspider » Sat Nov 16, 2019 7:45 am

DJRansome wrote:Nope. Even bristlenose has only 75% success rate.


Why is that?
I have a bristlenose that is going strong.
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Re: cleaning crew for algae

Postby DJRansome » Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:32 am

75% of them go strong. There tend to be casualties when they are first introduced to cichlids. Some seem to be just not savvy enough at first to hide when the cichlids become too interested in their eyes and bristles.

The pleco is not native to the African Rift lakes. The tank conditions are not ideal for them, most plecos do better in a tank tailored to their needs.
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Re: cleaning crew for algae

Postby ironspider » Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:13 am

DJRansome wrote:75% of them go strong. There tend to be casualties when they are first introduced to cichlids. Some seem to be just not savvy enough at first to hide when the cichlids become too interested in their eyes and bristles.

The pleco is not native to the African Rift lakes. The tank conditions are not ideal for them, most plecos do better in a tank tailored to their needs.


Gotcha, I guess I'm part of the 75%, my pleco does his thing and nobody pays him any mind.
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