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Thread: Need a pleco

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    I need a pleco that is right around the 8 inch mark, that doesn't get much bigger than that. It also needs to have a voracious appetite for algae. Seems my pond has developed a bit of an algae problem. I threw in some mystery snails, lol, but at the size of the pond...they are at an all year buffet, and I don't think they even made a dent.

    Whats the best algae eater out there? I need a good hardy fish that eats like crazy, but wont get huge.

    Any ideas? BTW, I can't wait for it to grow up, I need to purchase an adult.
    75 gallon planted tank with discus, GBR's and cardinals

    135 gallon saltwater FOWLR work in progress and desperately need help

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    I've heard the brushy-nose plecostomus is good if you have a lot of plants.

    Chinese Algae Eaters... Don't know anything about this fish... Just that it can be aggressive to deadly with small fish.

    I've never had any fish truly take care of an algae problem though. Once it is out of control... it usually requires chemicals and cleaning.
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    I know that once an algae bloom is out of control, it is too late, however, by having something that enjoys snacking on algae as it grows is preferred. Hence looking to find something to keep my outside tank clean, as well as co-habitat together with my bluegill.
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    Seem like the good old common bristlenosed pleco.
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    I have featherfins but can't attest to how great they are as algae eaters. By the look of my amazon swords, I'd say not too great. The chinese algaes are awful. I hate them. I plan to get the bristlenose as my worker bee.

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    I agree with William and Lady Hobbs here the Bristlenose is awesome at algea and eats almost all of it if its hungry enough.... Since you have so much algea he will be in heaven!!!

    a 3-4 inch bristlenose i have read will keep a 55 gallon clean of algea. ITs a busy bee for sure!

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    Sorry that's what I mean... Bristlenose not brushy nose. :)
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    I figured that rainman

    And yea chinese algae eaters are horrible! Not meant for aquariums i think and i hate that pets store sell them as algae eating and forget to mention how mean it becomes when its older... Thats no good!
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    In both cases you are correct RainMan. It's called both names.

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    Good info hobbs thanks for that. did not know that!
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