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    I was at the fish store looking for something to help with cleanup in my 50 gallon, and someone there suggested a bristlenose pleco. I have a large piece of driftwood in my tank that so far has always had some kind of algae growing on. Its like little tufts that grow on it, and it actually looks pretty cool, but I don't want it getting all overgrown. Is there some small kind of pleco or other fish that would take care of that? I bought some otos and they are doing a great job cleaning the leaves. If there is a kind of fish that is pretty cool looking and doesnt get over 3 inches or so, I might not mind having one. Any suggestions, or is this worth it?

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    Rubber Lipped Pleco are so awesome. They stay small and will work for algae.
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    Bristle noses will do the job as well.

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    Rubberlipped or bristlenose. Either works well and both stay about the right size.
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    Nothing more to add except I have a bristlenose pleco in each of my tanks and not only do they do the job well, but they are a great conversation piece.
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    If it's tuft like it might be blackbeard algae. That stuff is evil and only a true SAE will touch it. If it is BBA then your best option is manual removal by whatever means necessary.
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    How big does your bristlenose pleco get?

    I don't think it is black beard algae. I looked up some pics on the net, and I am not sure. Its not thick covering the whole wood, just in spots. I'll try to post some pics of it.
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    If you starve a Black Sailfin Molly, they're going to eat black beard algae btw.

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    I have bushy nosed plecos in all my tanks even the smaller ones. The smaller ones are less then 1/2" now and the bigger one in my 55 gal. is only about 2". They can grow to 4-6" but I guess it depends on the size of your tank as they do grow slowly and can live 10-12 yrs or more if taken care of. I just love them as They have done a better job then the Ottos cats I had at one time. It only takes a few days to clean algae promblems from tank glass and decorations. They are my little vacuume cleaners for my tanks.

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    how stocked is your tank? Even though it woould eat algae, the BN would create alot of ammonia.but if you have adaquate filtration and your tank is understocked, you'll be fine.
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