Best Algae Eater?

Discussion in 'Pleco - Plecostomus' started by seth rodgers, Apr 11, 2018.

  1. seth rodgersValued MemberMember

    Hey guys,
    I have a pond in my backyard that's about 215 gallons. I recently restored it and got the filtration system working so now its time to add fish. It is in direct sunlight and has algae almost all the time on the walls. I need a fish that can control the algae that is a hardy fish. Any suggestions other than pleco? I will probably get a pleco but other suggestions of better or equal fish would be awesome.
  2. DutchAquariumWell Known MemberMember

    could you tell us the type of algae you have since there are many types out their. As for the pleco, in general, it is a misconception that they eat algae. Their are some species out their, but i'm guessing your talking about the common plecostomus which tends to avoid algae. Certain shrimp species if legal in your state will eat algae along with Flag Fish a type of kilifish prove to be very good algae eaters.

  3. seth rodgersValued MemberMember

    Im not sure what kind of algae... It sticks to the side and is a bright green. I dont know if that helps but the fish i select has to be hardy. Are the flag fish and shrimp hardy?

  4. seth rodgersValued MemberMember

    Also, I have two bluegill I will be transferring in
  5. DutchAquariumWell Known MemberMember

    flag fish like a minimum temperature of 67 degrees. If your pond freezes in the winter, you will need to take them out. usually lfs will take fish in if you offer them up in order to have a place to put them in the winter.
  6. seth rodgersValued MemberMember

    I live in florida so it stays at like 80 the whole winter.
  7. DutchAquariumWell Known MemberMember

    The American Flag Fish is native to Florida found in the Peninsular Florida north to St. Johns and Ochlockonee River drainages.
  8. seth rodgersValued MemberMember

    Okay thanks guys! what about snails?
  9. DutchAquariumWell Known MemberMember

    Many people add snails, and they work but i don't know florida laws on snails since most are probably illegal. Also, know that you probably will never loose those snails since they do breed very fast for certain species.
  10. seth rodgersValued MemberMember

    We are allowed to have snails here and i can buy them online too
  11. Jenoli42Well Known MemberMember

    Get nerite snails. they are the best ones to eat algae :)
  12. DutchAquariumWell Known MemberMember

    nerites are the best to eat algae in the aquarium, i don't know how they would fare in a pond.

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