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    The reason I mention the scaled fish is because even though I like otos, I can't get one. I've got too much salt in my tank. I was told that Platys like to eat algae, but I don't want any more livebearers if I can help it.

    My guppies actually eat at the algae a little, but not much. I plan to get flurescent lights for the tank soon, but it wouldn't hurt to add some other fish who'll do the job for me.
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    I have snails in my 10g that came along with my live plants as hitchhikers, and they do an excellent job cleaning algae off of decorations and the aquarium walls. Sometimes you will find a plant or rock at a petstore with a crowd of snails on it.
    Snails or plecos seem to be the best algae cleaning maids.
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    How about Siamese Algae Eater.....They are like 3 oto cats in 1..... Plus scales!!!
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    Florida flag fish are good for hair algae
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tigerbarb
    I have snails in my 10g that came along with my live plants as hitchhikers, and they do an excellent job cleaning algae off of decorations and the aquarium walls. Sometimes you will find a plant or rock at a petstore with a crowd of snails on it.
    Snails or plecos seem to be the best algae cleaning maids.

    I agree with Tiger mostly. Snails do a good job, as I have also gotten some hitchhikers on my plants, but I'm not sure how salty your water can be with them. I have one that is getting huge, but no salt is added to the tank. When we were kids, we would put salt on slugs, and they would shrivel up (I know I know... cruel). I may be way off as far as snails are concerned though.

    As for plecos, they do a good job depending on the type. I have a Rubberlip pleco, and he does an excellent job cleaning alge. I also have a Common and a Royal who both do ok jobs! I have a Gold Nugget that could care less about alge. Also, if you decide on a Pleco, be sure to research research research! Some can get huge! Royals and Common both get very large. My Royal is only abou 2" right now, but my Common is right around 14". They are also turd machines.

    How high is the salinity in your water, anyway?
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    I don't know how to check the salinity, but I put salt in the tank when i do water changes. I do it to lower stress and to keep any nitrites that might appear from affecting the fish.

    My tank's small, so I'm just looking for something not too big. I would think that Snails wouldn't be able to handle any salt, but there are salt water snails out there. But don't they reproduced asexually? Wouldn't that mean I'm infested with snails eventually?
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    Quote Originally Posted by B_Ez
    I don't know how to check the salinity, but I put salt in the tank when i do water changes. I do it to lower stress and to keep any nitrites that might appear from affecting the fish.

    My tank's small, so I'm just looking for something not too big. I would think that Snails wouldn't be able to handle any salt, but there are salt water snails out there. But don't they reproduced asexually? Wouldn't that mean I'm infested with snails eventually?

    How much salt do you put in? I add about a tablespoon/10gal. Most salt I've seen typically call for about 1tb/5gal, but I cut that in half due to the scaleless fish I have (ID Shark, Clown Knife) and Pleco's don't like much salt. All these fish do fine. If you're only adding the small amount during water changes, everything should be fine, or cut it down like I do.

    Snails do reproduce asexually, which is why alot of people hate them. I've seen a few snails in my tank, and I may just be a lucky one who hasn't come across this problem (infestation). If I'm not mistaken, Dave loves snails, but Hobbs hates them. LOL like alot of things in this hobby, it really falls down to a matter of preference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by B_Ez
    I don't know how to check the salinity, but I put salt in the tank when i do water changes. I do it to lower stress and to keep any nitrites that might appear from affecting the fish.

    My tank's small, so I'm just looking for something not too big. I would think that Snails wouldn't be able to handle any salt, but there are salt water snails out there. But don't they reproduced asexually? Wouldn't that mean I'm infested with snails eventually?
    snails + a fish that eats snails.. the natural balance!

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    Actually you can also give a try to shrimps...
    Some can live happily in brackish water, and I think that Amano shrimps need it to grow up (if I remember correctly...).
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    Shrimps sound like a better option. So they'll eat brown algae?

    I do the 1 teaspoon per 5 gallon, which winds up being two teaspoons.
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