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So at my LFS I requested an algae eater and she suggested 2 Chinise algae eaters. Got them home and ...

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    So at my LFS I requested an algae eater and she suggested 2 Chinise algae eaters. Got them home and started researching them...I know i should have done that first I admit. So far they are behaveing themselves, i'm keeping an eye on them. They are still pretty young.
    So my question is what really is a good algae eater? Any recomendations? I have Gouramis and Platies.

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    Bring them back.


    I had one and he started chasing my swordtails (similar to platies.)
    I'd suggest getting a couple otoclinus'. They are cute, small, and don't bother anyone. I keep two of them with my puffer and he leaves them alone. They kinda "blend in."
    How large is your tank? And how many of each fish are in there?

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    Also Siamese Algea eaters are suppose to be good if you find them, and find ones that really are Siamese Algea eaters (i've heard they can be labeled wrong)

    I just found two at my LFS i talked them into selling me one the other day cause it was in his plant tank so they kinda weren't for sale but i'm in there a lot so he hooked me up. Seems to be a hard working little guy, between him and the oto they should get some stuff done.

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    I've always been fond of the bushy nose pleco. they eat any algea and are pretty tame as well as hardy. I have 1 in my 55 gallon cichilid tank and been there for almost 2 years and still going strong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kissyboots View Post
    Bring them back.

    I had one and he started chasing my swordtails (similar to platies.)
    I'd suggest getting a couple otoclinus'. They are cute, small, and don't bother anyone.
    Get rid of the Chinese algae eaters, they will eventually develop a taste for the slime coat on your fish, and will harm them eventually.

    I'm in agreement with Kissyboots all the way. Oto's are great for algae on plants and stuff, IF.. you have any algae problems, if you don't, get the SMALL BNP like exhumed07 suggested.

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    Never had them but from what I hear Chinsese Algae eaters can be real terrors as they get older.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roark fishies View Post
    Never had them but from what I hear Chinsese Algae eaters can be real terrors as they get older.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notnormalgirl View Post
    So at my LFS I requested an algae eater and she suggested 2 Chinise algae eaters. Got them home and started researching them...I know i should have done that first I admit. So far they are behaveing themselves, i'm keeping an eye on them. They are still pretty young.
    So my question is what really is a good algae eater? Any recomendations? I have Gouramis and Platies.
    What size tank is it going into. I usually recommend ottos. At least 4 of them or a bristlenose pleco.

    Also a good algae scrubber will do wonders.
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    You need at least 2 because one would be lonily. I read some where one per 10 gallons of water is a good rule. Feed them well also and if the live past a month, you are doing good.
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