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Algae Disposal Team
May 24, 2008
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Right /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> This isn't something that I'd usually consider but my conservatory tank gets a hell of a lot of light... /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

Basically I'm after one or two, or a group of smaller fishes for my conservatory tank to help clear the algae where possible. They would need to be able to thrive at around 30 degrees celsius and co-exist with a bunch of fairly rowdy Geophagus.

Any suggestions ladies and gents?

May 25, 2008
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i was gonna suggest apple snails (I know its not fish but i like them)...but max temp is 28 for them, algae eaters like Gyrinocheilus aymonieri live in 25.5 - 28 degrees so its another no no.

then tthere are the plecos - Queen Arabesque pleco and common. although i think the perfect temperature would be some 83 fahrenheit, which would be like 29...dunno what else

sorry can't really be off help...at least i still can think straight after a night of jack /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />...although this post took almost 1 hr to write /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

May 25, 2008
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Usual suggestion would be otocinclus, but they're probably a bit small to go with the Geophagus and prefer cooler water.

Is 30C too warm for an Ancistrus?

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May 26, 2008
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i'm fairly sure there are a few of the ancistrus and other L numbers that wold be ok at that temp.

May 26, 2008
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MY LDA31 ARE FINE IN MY TANK - THATS ABOUT 29-30 C , A LOT OF THE PLECS WILL BE OK AND WHEN IT GETS COOLER IN THE WINTER YOU CAN GIVE THEM A COOLER PERIOD

May 26, 2008
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This'd be easier to answer if we knew what kind of algae you're getting matey.

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May 26, 2008
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It's like light browny green algae on the front of the glass, mostly.

May 26, 2008
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Does it look like the pictures of Green Dust Algae or the Brown Diatom algae shown on this site?

May 26, 2008
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Like the latter /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

May 26, 2008
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alot of alge eating catfish should be ok in those temps (in theory) aslong as they're acclimatised slowly.
How big is your tank though? You don't want something which will grow too big unless you can upgrade or have the will to send to a more appropriate home.
As you know many different catfish have different requirements, wood, meat, algae etc. Rusty plecs are superb , don't quote me but maybe about 6"ish?

May 26, 2008
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the site reccomends Oto's so as I said above, if acclimatised slowly they should withstand the temp change.
Movement from shop to house then to a warmer tank may shock the fish if done too quick.
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May 26, 2008
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That should go away on it's own eventually. Believe it or not, one thing I found great for it were ramshorn snails - the larger variety, not the ickle ones. ONly problem is that once you have them, you've got to get rid of them! Nerite snails were great too, but like the oto's not comfortable (afaik) at the higher temps.

If it was on the glass only, I'd probably try and stick with mechanical removers (ie elbow grease /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" /> and a good algae scraper like the Tetratec one).

One thing which would concern me long term with a tank in a conservatory is that if it is in direct sunlight for even part of a day, you are going to risk more serious algae issues. /unsure.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.gif" />

May 26, 2008
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I'd go with UE's suggestion too mate unless you've seen some species that you really want to keep. Diatoms don't usually affect mature set-ups. Oh, and I think those rusty plecs are mainly wood eaters so definitely don't get them. /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

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May 27, 2008
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QUOTE(Matt @ May 26 2008, 11:57 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oh, and I think those rusty plecs are mainly wood eaters so definitely don't get them. /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />


Are you thinking of the same Rusty plec, Hypostomus soniae L137? If so then I'd like more info as I was under the impression they were good with algae, apart from loving wood.

May 27, 2008
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Yes we're thinking of the same fish Richy. I'm sure it will eat algae and stuff but xylophages (wood-eaters) tend to make an awful mess pooing out wood chips in my experience which is why I was saying don't get them. Sorry I should have written more clearly. /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" />

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May 27, 2008
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thats ok Matt, no probs /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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