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Thread: Algae on plants

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    I have a 30 gallon freshwater aquarium and am looking to control the green algae that grows on my plants (1 sword, 4 java ferns)
    Could i use snails and if so what snails could i use.
    Also if the snails get out of hand what could i use to get rid of them (preferably get a fish or something not chemical)
    Could i get some type of pleco that does not eat plants.

    I do a 40% water change every week or two depending on how busy i am.
    I vaccuum the gravel every water change as well.
    Thanks for any help!!!!!
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    I have an albino bristlenose pleco, and I am really surprised how much algae he has eaten! He hasn't harmed any if my plants, and they stay under 5". Make sure you have Driftwood in the tank if you decide to get a bn pleco. It is a must. I also have otos to control algae. I really like these fish. They do a great job eating algae, and they are very active. They have also not harmed and of my plants. With both of these fish, make sure you provide algae wafers and fresh veggies to supplement their diet.

    I don't have much knowledge on snails and algae, but I'm pretty sure any snail will be fine. I know some loaches eat snails if your worried about over population. Shrimp also eat algae, but some are a lot better than others. I don't have any experience with shrimp, so hopefully someone else can help you with that.

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    If it is green algae, nerite snails are for you. the smaller ones like horned nerites
    will climb around on plant leaves but the bigger ones will eat algae off your gravel and
    glass. I find them better than otocinclus since while an oto flits around nibbling here and there, nerite snails will hunker down at a good patch of algae and make sure every little bit is gone before they search for the next patch.

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    Otocinculus catfish - perfect for algae on plants

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    Forget the snails. They will only add a worse problem.

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    I have a bunch of brown algae on my plants. I don't mind the green stuff, but the brown just makes it look bad. I don't think the fish and snails I have eat it either. I've been considering taking them out and cleaning them manually, but I don't know if I want to risk messing up their root systems. They've grown so well, and I know they have to have anchored themselves pretty well to do so.

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    Thanks for all your answers.
    I will look into bristlenose's even further.

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