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    Default Algae eater

    Hello,

    I have a 30 gallon long tank that is just starting to show green algae. I was going to get a couple of bristlenose plecos but was warned and I quote, "plecos poop alot". I don't mind the extra poop really but if I'm going to have extra poop I'd rather it be cichlid poop since plecos though interesting, aren't really much to look at.

    So should I just keep up water changes, clean the glass myself, and let the cichlids handle the rock or is there another algae eater that would perform and thrive in a tank this size? Thanks.
    30 gal. Long
    1? Ancistrus temmincki
    2? Iodotropheus Sprengerai
    2m Labidochromis Caeruleus
    1m Labidochromis sp. "Hongi"
    1m Labidochromis sp. "Perlmutt"
    1f Melanachromis Auratus (I hope)
    1m, 1f Pseudotropeus sp. "Acei"
    1m Puzzling Peacock

    If fish from the wild get claustrophobic in a tank, do captive raised fish get limnophobic in the wild?

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    they all poop alot, whats the difference?

    I use plecos and never notice their waste.

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    Hi Hybrid,

    Do you mean all fish poop alot or all algae eaters poop alot?
    30 gal. Long
    1? Ancistrus temmincki
    2? Iodotropheus Sprengerai
    2m Labidochromis Caeruleus
    1m Labidochromis sp. "Hongi"
    1m Labidochromis sp. "Perlmutt"
    1f Melanachromis Auratus (I hope)
    1m, 1f Pseudotropeus sp. "Acei"
    1m Puzzling Peacock

    If fish from the wild get claustrophobic in a tank, do captive raised fish get limnophobic in the wild?

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    Sorry Hybrid
    Somehow I didn't see the second line of your post when I first read it. So you think plecos don't add any more waste than any other fish in the tank?
    30 gal. Long
    1? Ancistrus temmincki
    2? Iodotropheus Sprengerai
    2m Labidochromis Caeruleus
    1m Labidochromis sp. "Hongi"
    1m Labidochromis sp. "Perlmutt"
    1f Melanachromis Auratus (I hope)
    1m, 1f Pseudotropeus sp. "Acei"
    1m Puzzling Peacock

    If fish from the wild get claustrophobic in a tank, do captive raised fish get limnophobic in the wild?

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    I would say they cause even less waste because they deal with the waste of other fishes in a way.

    You might consider an algae eater of lake origins like the "synos" cat fish.

    I would have done that had I known, but now I have 6 or 7 plecos in different tanks.

    Kids love them and call them "monsters!" haha

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    I looked at the synos but man they're a little pricey. My LFS wanted 14.00 for just under an inch of fish and some larger wild caught for around $49.00. They msut be real slow growers. Maybe I'll reconsider the bristlenose. Thanks Hybrid.
    30 gal. Long
    1? Ancistrus temmincki
    2? Iodotropheus Sprengerai
    2m Labidochromis Caeruleus
    1m Labidochromis sp. "Hongi"
    1m Labidochromis sp. "Perlmutt"
    1f Melanachromis Auratus (I hope)
    1m, 1f Pseudotropeus sp. "Acei"
    1m Puzzling Peacock

    If fish from the wild get claustrophobic in a tank, do captive raised fish get limnophobic in the wild?

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    i hate to break it to ya, but synos are not "algae-eaters". they are good for picking up food that has fallen to the bottom. i actually like the look of algae covered rocks, and the mbuna like to graze on it. i only clean the front glass, but then, i am not your neat type aquarist.
    one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish...omigod!! a whole lotta fish!!(mbuna tank)

    "Ya shark-toothed salmon! Ya hammer-headed halibut!"--Yosemite Sam

    "Ah hates dragons. Dragons is so dumb!--Yosemite Sam

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    Thanks Queens (anywhere near St. Albans)

    Reading the different opinions it seems like one bristlenose might be okay just to have a different shape in the tank. Since this tank is in my office it's no big deal to wipe the glass once a week while doing water changes. Thanks for the heads up on synos, SGypsyMermaid.
    30 gal. Long
    1? Ancistrus temmincki
    2? Iodotropheus Sprengerai
    2m Labidochromis Caeruleus
    1m Labidochromis sp. "Hongi"
    1m Labidochromis sp. "Perlmutt"
    1f Melanachromis Auratus (I hope)
    1m, 1f Pseudotropeus sp. "Acei"
    1m Puzzling Peacock

    If fish from the wild get claustrophobic in a tank, do captive raised fish get limnophobic in the wild?

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    Originally posted by gusgus
    Thanks Queens (anywhere near St. Albans)
    st albans is very close...next neighborhood over.
    one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish...omigod!! a whole lotta fish!!(mbuna tank)

    "Ya shark-toothed salmon! Ya hammer-headed halibut!"--Yosemite Sam

    "Ah hates dragons. Dragons is so dumb!--Yosemite Sam

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