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A lot of new aquarium owners make the mistake of buying a pleco right off for algae killing - but pleco are not very good algae eaters. Plus - they eventually get to big for your fish tank.

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Chinese Algae eaters aren't all they are labeled to be. This is another fish that is pretty readily available in the hobby but isn't doing the rookies in the hobby any favors. Sure they are cheap, but they don't eat algae unless there is nothing else left. They get big and aggressive and suck on other fish fins. Not a fan, but would love to hear your thoughts on these fish. Thanks for all of your support this year. TANK ON!

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9 Best Freshwater Aquarium Algae Eaters For Your ..
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In the first paragraph we make mention of the fact that getting yourself an algae eater or two (or three or more) will help solve your tank’s algae problem — for the most part. While this is true, again for the most part, algae eaters are not a substitution for periodically cleaning your tank. Sorry, but there’s no getting around it. Occasionally it simply has to be done. Even with a small tank, you probably can’t depend on your fish entirely. Some algae eaters only eat certain types while others may pick out a favorite spot for dining and seldom stray far from it. Sep 13, 2016 - Algae eaters in a tank at home isn't just a tribute to fashion, it's a necessity
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The Chinese algae eater is commonly offered for sale in local pet shops but is probably not the best choice for most tanks. As juveniles Chinese Algae Eaters perform their job of eating algae with gusto but as they mature they may eat algae less and become very territorial. As they mature they may also start to affix themselves to the sides of larger flat bodied tank mates (such as Angelfish) and they will damage the scales of their victims.Finally, Amano Shrimp and Cherry Shrimp are also good choices. The Amano is more effective because it consumes a wider variety of algae, tank mate leftovers, and decaying plant matter throughout the tank. The Amano is 2” in size at maturity, so it’s able to live alongside several types of community fish without getting bullied. The Cherry shrimp is about 1” fully grown, so it may become a target. It may be eaten or stressed. The Cherry Shrimp are best for planted tanks with only smaller fish. It will sit in the leaves, eating algae film and microorganisms, without harming the plants.The Chinese algae eater (Gyrinocheilus aymonieri), also known as the Indian algae eater, or the sucking loach, is a fish with a somewhat misleading name. While they do consume algae when they are young, they tend to eat less algae as they mature – as well as becoming large and territorial – making them a poor choice for most community fish tanks.Bristlenose Pleco – These fish are generally considered to be the best all-around algae eaters. Not only do they do well in most community fish tanks, but they can also adapt to a wide variety of water types. When you combine that with a suckermouth designed specifically to graze on algae, you have the perfect algae eater for most aquariums.