What algae eater to get?

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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.
 
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A bristlenose or a groups of otos would perfect for that size tank. I think anything bigger would be too big.
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A bristlenose or a groups of otos would perfect for that size tank. I think anything bigger would be too big.
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No BN don't usually damage plants unless there is a shortage of algae or you don't feed enough extra fro them.
 
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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
 
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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.
 
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why do you want algae eaters? do you have algae? just curious as some think every tank should have one when they really don't need them all the time
 
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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.
 
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Shawnie said:
why do you want algae eaters? do you have algae? just curious as some think every tank should have one when they really don't need them all the time
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.
 
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Sammyboi1993 said:
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.
whats a SAE? answerd my own question siamese algae eater. How big do these get?
 
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funkman262 said:
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.
I have a bunch of the abns but won't 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
 
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Shawnie said:
I have a bunch of the abns but won't 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
Thanks Shawnie. I'll be sure to keep that in mind. Do you only have albinos?
 
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Thanks Shawnie. I'll be sure to keep that in mind. Do you only have albinos?
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SAE gets to about 10cm and eat all types of algae. Iv got one and he helps keep my tank algae free.
 
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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.
 
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SAE's are the best algae eaters in the planet. I tried plecos but they produce to much waste. Oto's don't really clean anything, at least the ones I have.
 
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My Otos do a fantastic job. So much so that the SAE in their 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.
 
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