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teetsymomo
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algea eaters
« on: March 11, 2011, 08:49:31 PM »

do any of you have an algea eater in your goldfish tank. I'm trying to decide if I want one, but I've read that sometimes they will suck the slimecoat off of the fish. I would like something that will suck off some of the aleg. Would snails work?
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Re: algea eaters
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2011, 09:24:59 PM »

Some algae eaters will do that if they're not well fed.  Keeping snails with goldfish is also iffy ,because some goldfish will pick on the snails and eat the antennae.  Keeping up with water regular water changes will help a lot in reducing algae in the tank , because algae require nutrients to grow.  Also make sure you don't have the lights on for too long or else there will be a lot of algae.

You can use an aquarium scraper to get the algae off the walls of the aquarium. This often the best way to keep algae off the glass. There are magnetic scrapers that you can stick on the aquarium that do a good job of removing algae also.
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fantailer
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Re: algea eaters
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2011, 07:03:30 AM »

I haven't had a  problem with snail but as nabi said some people do. Undecided
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Nossie
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Re: algea eaters
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2011, 03:16:28 PM »

I keep a Sailfin Pleco with my goldies, and he's not bothering them at all Smiley
So get one, but make sure it's either vegetarian or well fed Wink
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Trippy
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Re: algea eaters
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2011, 12:02:41 PM »

I keep a common pleco with my goldfish and they get along just fine. Has drastically cut back on my tank cleaning as well!!!
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fantailer
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Re: algea eaters
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2011, 03:53:17 PM »

Nossie: How do you know if a pleco is vegetarian?
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Nossie
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Re: algea eaters
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2011, 04:28:31 PM »

You can usually determine that by simply identifying the species Smiley
The best bet would be posting photos of it at plecoplanet.com, the people there are very knowledgable!!
And it's also pretty easy to tell between the more common kinds of plecos Smiley
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fantailer
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Re: algea eaters
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2011, 05:47:02 AM »

thanks!
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Re: algea eaters
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2011, 03:30:25 PM »

I have 4 snails in the 75g and LOVE them.  They are apple snails. 
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Re: algea eaters
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2011, 08:13:56 PM »

I have Algea eaters in my godl fish tank. They keep the tank clean and algea free. we still have to do regular maintaince but they are great to have with goldfish. we have two of them in our tank. I hope that helps. Smiley
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