Cold Water Algae Eaters??
Posted 12 June 2003 - 10:33 AM
What type of algae eaters can you get for a cold water tank set up??
The tank already holds:
2 standard goldfish
2 black moors
2 fan tails
1 weather loach
Posted 19 June 2003 - 12:54 PM
Wish I could help with a recommendation. I am a slave to scrubbing the algae
Posted 19 June 2003 - 02:27 PM
Just thought I'd check if there were any special algae eaters for a cold water set up.
I'll let you know what happens
Alternately back to scrubbing
Posted 19 June 2003 - 03:25 PM
Some species of Ancistrus can cope with temps down to 15°C (59°F).
Chinese Algae Eater can apparently cope in cold water according to one site, but another says they stop eating if the temp drops too much. However, they do stop eating algae when they get to adulthood and they find the slime coat of other fish quite tasty. Not really to be recommended.
Probably the best bet would be a snail - make sure it is one that can thrive at lower temps and that it is not one of the types that will reproduce on it's own and infest the tank. I can't suggest a type as I don't know a lot about snails.
Posted 30 June 2003 - 08:57 PM
Posted 01 July 2003 - 08:55 AM
Thanks for the tips. I shall visit my LFS's and see if I can find some of these recommendations.
Good bye scrubbing pads!
Posted 02 July 2003 - 03:47 PM
Posted 03 July 2003 - 12:42 PM
Was told that some of the fancy goldfish prefer a temperate environment. All seem to be doing well with good growth rates. I guess the temperature may also aid algae growth.
Posted 03 July 2003 - 12:46 PM
But i've seen a thread somewhere in think in the general fish page that they are actually some type of loach.
Posted 03 July 2003 - 01:33 PM
Posted 08 July 2003 - 10:06 AM
Did you get one? If so how did it go cos my m8's got a goldfish tank and i'm gonna tell him to get a pair as well.
Posted 08 July 2003 - 10:40 AM
No I haven't got one yet but will let you know as and when I do.
Posted 08 July 2003 - 03:21 PM
The fish you're talking about are called hillstream loaches, and they do best in small groups. They're great to watch and fantastic at eating algae. I had three but two died then one just disappeared...think it must have died then got chewed up by the filter...anyway. I recommend them.
Posted 13 July 2003 - 08:03 PM
Posted 10 February 2012 - 05:53 PM
I have an aquatic biologist fellow at my local (Pa.) fish store, and he says there's a small native species called a stone turner that flips off the algae both for fun and eating, in small Pa streams. I can't find it in a detailed fish listing. Anybody have a reference or source for this? I'd like to go native if I can. I have a 1/4 million gallon Koi and goldfish pond I had to kill off last year, and am starting over with babies I grow a bit in my 60 gal tank.
So, where do we get the Hillside Loaches? Is there a good cheap source in or near Pa.? Or in general for fish? I also want high quality baby "Butterfly" or "Fantail" frilly Koi. Bill
Posted 10 February 2012 - 11:21 PM
They will not thrive with goldfish etc as the water will be badly polluted, too cold and too stagment.
I currently have a river tank set up and have done a lot of research into these little fellows.
Edited by fishprotector, 10 February 2012 - 11:22 PM.
Posted 05 April 2012 - 04:45 PM
i also like algae magnets 'cos theyre really easy to use!!!
and fishprotecter: how do you set up a river tank??? i'm presuming you cant use standard filters that suck in and push out water from the same end???
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