What algae eater to get?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by funkman262, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. funkman262

    funkman262Well Known MemberMember

    Here's my tank:

    I'm thinking about either a group of ottos or a single pleco. I know most bushynose plecos stay small (around 4") but I was wondering if a larger one would be fine in there since they don't swim around a whole lot. Do plecos typically tear apart plants? What about the ottos? Any suggestions would help. Thanks.
  2. Butterfly

    ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    A bristlenose or a groups of otos would perfect for that size tank. I think anything bigger would be too big.
  3. Nutter

    NutterFishlore VIPMember


    No BN don't usually damage plants unless there is a shortage of algae or you don't feed enough extra fro them.
  4. OP

    funkman262Well Known MemberMember

    Would one be better than the other (BN vs ottos) if I plan on getting a couple apistogrammas? Would a full-grown BN be able to hold his own? Thanks for your help all :)
  5. Sammyboi1993

    Sammyboi1993Valued MemberMember

    A Single BN Would Be Fine
    A Group of about 5 or 6 otts would be good or a SAE theese are excellent algae eaters.
  6. Shawnie

    ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    why do you want algae eaters? do you have algae? just curious as some think every tank should have one when they really dont need them all the time :)
  7. ppate1977

    ppate1977Well Known MemberMember

    I don't need an algee eater, but I keep one because of looks. I feed him algee waifers and he eats the algee off my apple snails' shell.
  8. OP

    funkman262Well Known MemberMember

    I probably wouldn't be getting one for a while as my tank has only been established for a few months. But honestly, I love the way plecos look, especially BN plecos which is perfect for me, but I've also heard a lot of great things about ottos so I'm on the fence. I want to get whichever would be a better balance for my tank. Even if I end up not having algae problems in the future, I'd still like to have either one and I'd just supplement with wafers or whatever.
  9. allibobs

    allibobsWell Known MemberMember

    whats a SAE? answerd my own question siamese algae eater. How big do these get?
  10. Shawnie

    ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    I have a bunch of the abns but wont be ready to ship for a month or so..more than welcome to have some ....and I agree the plecs have a special look about them :)
  11. OP

    funkman262Well Known MemberMember

    Thanks Shawnie. I'll be sure to keep that in mind. Do you only have albinos?
  12. Shawnie

    ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

  13. Sammyboi1993

    Sammyboi1993Valued MemberMember

    SAE gets to about 10cm and eat all types of algae. Iv got one and he helps keep my tank algae free.
  14. Elodea

    ElodeaWell Known MemberMember

    Yes, I think SAE are a very good choice...however, if you're getting one for the looks, a BN will be much more impressive.

    I would personally go for a shoal of maybe 3 or 4 otos when the tank is more mature.
  15. GBR.Moorrreeee

    GBR.MoorrreeeeValued MemberMember

    SAE's are the best algae eaters in the planet. I tried plecos but they produce to much waste. Oto's don't realy clean anything, at least the ones i have.
  16. Nutter

    NutterFishlore VIPMember

    My Otos do a fantastic job. So much so that the SAE in thier tank need to be fed wafers a couple of times a week.

    BN are quite literally armour plated so there isn't really many fish that can hurt them too much. They will be fine with your Apistos. If you like both Otos & BN's for the fish themselves & can provide a good home for them, have both.