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Discussion in 'Algae Removal' started by SeanTrollope, Oct 1, 2017.

  1. SeanTrollope

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    so at the moment i have a small algae problem in my curve glass tank (the only one set up at the moment) i would like to know what aquatic animals that do a good job of algae removal there are and what are the positives and negatives thereof.:big_boss:

     
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    There are no animals, fish or otherwise, that will do a good job of cleaning. Even if they do eat algae, they'll do some bits and miss others, so if you want clean glass to look through, you'll have to clean it yourself anyway.

    And they'll all produce more waste and add more bioload than they'll ever clean up, even shrimps.
     
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    :/well okay i guess i got to get cleaning
     
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    Cheap washing up sponges work best, IMHO. Just rinse them under the tap before you use them, and do make sure they're plain sponge, not the kind with a soap or detergent impregnated into them!
     
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    Neriite snail can do a good job of keeping up with a minor algae issue and do a good job controlling algae on glass as long as it is a soft algae. If it rubs off easily snails will eat it. They however cannot eat hard seen spot algae on glass.

    Nerite snails don't reproduce in fresh water so they will not overrun and become a nuisance in your tank.
     
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    I agree 1 Neriite in my 55l tank clear the glass in less then 2 days.

    But really question is what type of algae are you trying to remove, what size tank and what fish are in the tank.
     
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    unfortunately its the hard green spot algae. and the tank is 120 l
     
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    Keeping live plants can help keep algae down. Or get some snails, especially the ones considered pests make a great clean up crew. Snails with long cones are not as good as the ones with spiral or rounded shells. I would also avoid larger types of snails like Apple/mystery snails, especially if you want to keep live plants as they will eat them and theyre not that good at cleaning up algae
     
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    i have a colony of ramshorn that i have in the past tried to get rid of but they kinda grew on me and i have since left them be.
     
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    I hear Bristlenose plecs or Neriite Snails will eat green spot algae if not over feed.
    Bristlenose plecs do not work well with sword like plants.
     
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    I absolutely agree with the above post.
    But I will add that I have a nerite in my little fluval edge and it works wonders.
    He's always busy, I rarely ever see him still.
    AND he's gorgeous.
    ....but he's a poop machine!
     

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