Pleco died...need a replacement algae eater

maybet
  • #1
:'( It's a real bummer. I realized after I got him that he was sick, and that he was how all my other fishies got ick. He was covered in it, and even though my other fish were getting better and loosing the spots he wasn't. From being on this website I realize that he wasn't a good fish for my tank, I also under stand the concept of quarantine now.
However, he kept my tank so clean, and now I need to know what kind of other fish I should get to keep the algae down in my tank. I have a 10 gallon, with a betta and six neons. Anyone have any suggestions???

Thanx in advance
MB
 
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vin
  • #2
Otocinclus.

According to what I've read and friends who have them, they stay small, under 2" so you may need more than one depending upon the size of your tank. It's my understanding that they're very peaceful and effective at cleaning.
 
maybet
  • Thread Starter
  • #3
thanks vin...I checked them out on this website and it sounds perfect,except it recommends a 20 gallon or larger tank, so that won't work. :-\

Someone here said that they had a dwarf? pleco, but I forgot what it was called? I am trying to find the post.
 
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EmpPleco
  • #4
Sorry to hear about your pleco..

The only thing I can think of that will help clean ur tank and is suitable is a couple of snails, some people like them, some don't - I am one of the people who doesn't but I do hear that they do a very nice job in the cleaning dept.
 
dahly
  • #5
I have a clown pleco that gets to about 4" and he/she does a great job on the algae. Pretty fish too! You'll need a small piece of driftwood for it to chew on and hide under too! Sorry for your loss.
 
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Butterfly
  • #6
In the ten gallon a couple of otos are about as big as you can go. Otos need really clean water and is one of the reasons for the 20 g recommendation. So you would have to keep your water changes and testing up. They do a great job keeping a tank algae free.
Carol
 
maybet
  • Thread Starter
  • #7
thanks...I plan on waiting until the Ick is completely gone before introducing any new fish. It will give me time to do research. There isn't a picture of one in the profile section...what does an oto look like?? And what about a cory cat?? Thier profile looks like they would be compatible in my tank...any opinions?
 
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EmpPleco
  • #8
I really like the Sterba's Cory Cats.. They are so interesting looking, and only get up to 2" maximum
 
Butterfly
  • #9
Corys don't eat algae. Heres a picture of an oto
Carol
 
Maida_gc
  • #10
I wouldn't give up on Plecos. A bristlenose stays fairly small, and as you know, work their butts off.
 
Butterfly
  • #11
Yes bristlenose do an excellent job in the algae area but at five inches are still a little big for a ten gallon
Carol
 
maybet
  • Thread Starter
  • #12
Thanks for all the info and the pic. I loved that my pleco kept my tank so clean. Clean water is not an issue in my tank, I am anal about it. So maybe the oto is the way to go...could I get more than one? Two would be my max I think. I lost a neon yesterday. He was the one that was missing an eye. Weirdest thing I was checking out my fish one day (three weeks ago) and noticed his eye was completly missing. I am impressed he lasted so long. He was definitely weak thou because after all my other fish lost the ick spots he didn't, I guess he couldn't fiight it off. I had a major set back in treating the ick. We had a power failure due to a snow storm and the temp in my house dropped to almost 50 degrees (F) and the temp in my tank dropped below 70(F). I thought I was going to loose all my fish, they were all on the bottom, there teeth chattering away (hee hee). But only the pleco and one neon didn't make it. The ick started to reappear on my neons, but I gradually raised the temp back up and it is clearing up again. I feel so bad for my poor fishies. :-[
 
chickadee
  • #13
I have 3 ottos in a 5 gallon and 2 in a 3 gallon with a Betta in each with them and they are doing their jobs just fine. They need supplement feedings of veggie disks or algae wafers about every other day (not more often or they get lazy and don't do their jobs). They are darling little fish that hardly ever go over an inch in length and the females are larger than the males. I am betting I have a female in there somewhere, but pray I don't have fry as I am scared to death of breeding anything. I am not equiped and my Bettas are too curious and probably would make quick work of them. Them believe me I would feel very guilty. They are nocturnal creatures and they can scare you to death if you have any fish that give them a hard time for they disappear all day and aren't seen and you wonder if they have gone off and died, but they are usually blended with a piece of driftwood or a plant (way down inside or hanging on the bottom of a leaf) or on the roof of a cave. The only thing to worry about is if they start hanging inside of the heater screen because they don't seem to have the sense to move if it starts to get hot.

Rose
 
vin
  • #14
Carol - Are you sure Corys don't eat algae? Mine LOVE algae tablets......I give 1/4 tablet once a week as a treat to the swordtails and the corys are all over it!
 
dahly
  • #15
Cory's eat what's on the bottom of the tank, either in flake or crumbles. They do not specifically eat algae off of tank walls, decorations, rocks or plants. Pleco's rule!
 
EmpPleco
  • #16
Plecos do rule!! I NEVER have to clean my tank
 
Jon
  • #17
cories definitely don't eat algae... neither do the misnamed chinese algae eaters...

Ottos are great and so are siamese algae eaters if you can find them... amano shrimp also eat most algaes. The latter 2 are difficult to find at times.

Another fish that eats algae is the live plant... actually its not a fish but if you have enough plants you won't have as much algae lol.
 
vin
  • #18
That's odd. Mine scour not only the bottom but every decoration and plant for any stitch of anything. And litterally chase the algae tablet. I don't have too much natutal algae,  but I'm still going through water issues. I do have diatoms, which the corys seem to scour off of the decorations, though not nearly as efficiently as an oto or pleco would. I know they're not considered an algae eater, but the are homnivors.
 
Jon
  • #19
yes they are omnivorous but they are not renowned for algae eating and I do not believe that they are "scouring" for algae when you see them... they are probably scouring for bits of uneaten food which is a good reason to have cories... they don't increase the bio-load of your tank as much as other fish because they eat other food that would in turn become nitrate if left at the bottom.

PS- bought 2 julI cories for my tank today
 
EmpPleco
  • #20
They are definitely good for the cleaning up of uneaten food on the bottom of the tank, but all fishes definitely increases bioload.
 
Jon
  • #21
I know they still increase the bioload I'm just saying not as much as other fish that you would have to feed additionaly and that wouldnt eat uneaten food on the bottom
 
EmpPleco
  • #22
true. but they still produce just as much waste
 
Jon
  • #23
yes but if you have 2 guppies in your tank and you are thinking of adding 1 more guppy or 1 small cory cat the cat wouldnt increase your bioload as much because it would eat uneaten food and produce waste rather than leave the uneaten food and produce waste... uneaten food is just as bad as poopie
 
EmpPleco
  • #24
LOL - I see ur point - but IMO, one extra fish creates more fish waste then you would normally have -- so just because you are adding a cory that eats uneaten food at the bottom of the tank, it equals out, just because now your tank has to handle one more fish
 
Jon
  • #25
yes it does still add waste but its not as much waste as other fish if you don't already have bottom feeders
 
dahly
  • #26
All of my fish eat off the bottom, not just my julii's. My gouramies and Tetra's pick at the gravel from time to time. The cory's are just there a lot more. I tend to feed less twice a day, so not very much seems to drift to the bottom to begin with. Every couple of days I drop in a few shrimp pellets after I've turned off the lights. My Clown pleco eats the algae and keeps the tank nice.
 
Kim Michelle
  • #27
I found information on a dwarf otocinclus. The Chinese Algae eaters are quite aggressive and this was a good alternative, as they are much more peaceful. They are also small and would be ideal for a 10 gallon (that's what I have). see this link for more info otocinclus
 
Jon
  • #28
furthermore chinese algae eaters DONT EAT ALGAE!!!!
 
newbie101
  • #29
yes I don't see why people like them, they don't eat algae (despite the name) and they derive great enjoyment from harassing the other poor fishies
 
EmpPleco
  • #30
yes I have heard horror stories about CAE's terrible
 
Jon
  • #31
yeah I have never heard a positive review about them... sad
 
RudeeRu
  • #32
Aloha! I asked in another forum about pitbull plecos if anyone had any info on them (meaning has anyone ever had them in their tanks)?

Here is the link for info



it's "number" is LDA25 and its scientific name is Parotocinclus jumbo

This is the pleco I would like to add to my tank
 
Butterfly
  • #33
Beautiful fish and only gets 2 inches hum...... may have to get one of those ;D
Carol
 
maybet
  • Thread Starter
  • #34
I am one of those lucky people that has an aquarium store that specializes in fish--not petsmart/petco ect. I went last night to get an oto and saw the coolest fish. It was called a hong kong Devil fish. It was the coolest little fish. The ones in the tank were only about an inch long and the guy at the store says they don't get to be more than about 2". It was so hard to decide between them and the otos. I went with the oto, because of all the recommendations from the board, but I thought I throw it out their as a suggestion if anyone esle is looking for a alternative to a pleco--those of us with smaller tanks. I tried google searching but can't get a match. I did find a match picture on this website:
 
vin
  • #35
Here's a great description complete with pictures......
 
maybet
  • Thread Starter
  • #36
yup that's them, thanks vin. I am glad you found the info. I was considering them but now that I read that I don't think they would like my tank...it is too warm.
 
Butterfly
  • #37
Heres a list of articles about them

and the best is by Martin Theone who has bred them in captivity

I have 7 in a coolwater tank with white cloud mountain minnows and 9 more in quarantine LOL
Carol
 
vin
  • #38
Yeah, I need to start thinking about a small algae eater for our 15 gal as well....I prefer not to go the shrimp/snail route and from what I can tell those Borneo Suckers are difficult to find.......Any suggestions? Anyone? Anyone? Beuller?
 
EmpPleco
  • #39
a few ottos? lol
 
vin
  • #40
I thought of getting just one because the tank is so small. I'm afraid that the tank wouldn't sustain more than one and feeding a veggie supplement might work, but I've got swordtails and they LOVE vegitation!!
 

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