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    Hello everyone! I have been keeping fish for many years. I had a pair of GBRs in the past in my 28g tank but I lost them due to a terrible accident! I was using a phosphate free pH buffer during water changes to keep their water chemistry stable, and mistakenly added too much and dropped the pH too low, and the fish died a few days later. I was heart broken! They were doing so well From there the tank spiraled into a multitude of problems, and I ended up losing all my fish aside from a few of m peppered cories. So at this point I took a step back and said "okay let me take some time to truly perfect my tank." I took the tank completely down and cleaned everything then set it back up. Then BAM a nasty cyanobacteria infection all over the tank. Ugh! So i spent the last four months curing that, and I’ve finally just eradicated all of it. Now I have just finished a fishless cycle on my tank and plan on added a GBR pair once again. My question is what would be some good bottom feeders that will help control algae? I have four peppered cories that will be joining the rams in the tank. Last time I had Otos with the rams and they did very well. I loved the Otos and am considering getting them again, but I wanted to hear from you guys about some other options before I start purchasing and quarantining fish. If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading my very long post lol!
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    Is this a planted tank?

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    Yes! The tank is currently planted with anubias and java fern. I would like to add some monte carlo as a carpet plant soon as well. I plan on adding the cories to the tank first and the GBRs last
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    A single bristlenose pleco would keep that size tank clear of algae, though they may eventually grow too large to clean the leaves of aquarium plants. They are considerably hardier than Oto's in general.

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    I have Nerite Snails to control Algae. Well, they eat the algae and they do a wonderful job. They can't control algae.

    They won't get large and they won't multiply. From what I understand they mate in Brackish waters only and it is impossible for them to mate in Fresh Water so they won't take over your tank.
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    Nerites will lay eggs in FW, they just won't hatch in it.
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    I've thought about putting a single BN pleco, but don't plecos have a high bioload, even those that stay small? I was trying to avoid that to keep the water quality a little better for the rams. I've had good experiences with BN plecos (surprise spawning) but I think I want a bottom feeder that is a little more social and playful. I've also had Nerite snails and liked them ass well. I would consider them again! When I had them they didn't mate in my tank but I believe I had a female who had mated in the LFS because shortly after getting them I had eggs EVERYWHERE that never hatched and were darn near impossible to remove. My mother has my three Nerite Snails in her own 28g(we have the same exact tank lol). If I did go with Nerite Snails, how many would you guys recommend for a 28g tank? And do you think I would be able to have more than 4 cories? I like to give my cories numbers since they're so social
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    4 snails, 6 corys for a 28G
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    My tank has soft water and a current pH of 7.6. Is this pH okay for the rams? And will the Nerite snails be okay if the water if fairly soft?
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    The will be fine if you add calcium to the water. This will, however, raise the hardness of the water.

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