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Farlowella As An Algae Eater

Discussion in 'Algae Removal' started by Corykeeper, May 18, 2013.

  1. Corykeeper

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    I have a planted tank that is full of green hair algae and I am curious as to whether a Farlowella will help fix it or will it do more damage than good? After it cleans up the tank I am putting it into a 29 gallon community tank with an angelfish and a few different species of catfish, and will he eat my Marimo ball?
     
  2. fluttermoth

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    I wouldn't get a farlowella; they're a very difficult fish to keep.
     
    A bristlenose would be better, if your tank's big enough, or nerite snails are very good algae eaters.
     
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    They are close relatives of otocinclus so yes! But are very sensetive to deteriorating water.
     
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    They're also very difficult to wean onto prepared foods.
     
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    While I agree Farlos are very difficult to raise to adulthood, I had little problem getting them to take Hikari algae wafers at a very young age.
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    If it's a planted tank (you mention a moss ball) I'd be more inclined to up your CO2/lower your light and dose a full compliment of nutrients to eat the algae rather than introduce livestock.
    Unless it was planned o.c. :good:
     

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