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stephen ellwood
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Username: stephen

Post Number: 1
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Saturday, February 11, 2006 - 10:08 pm:       

I have a rock that is getting algae in those hard to reach places and my chinnese algae eater can't get to them either. Right now my tank is overstocked but when some of the fish die, do you think it would be fine if i put an algae eating shrimp in there? Would it get to those small little holes and crevices? would it be compatible with gourami,whiteclouds,blacktetras,cory, and chineese algae eater? I would not add the shrimp untill some of these fish die.
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April
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Username: jumpingtadpoles

Post Number: 1138
Registered: 07-2005
Posted on Saturday, February 11, 2006 - 10:49 pm:       

This will help you decide whether shrimp, otto's or plecos will be a better choice for your tank. http://www.aquaticscape.com/articles/algae.htm You need to decide the types of algae your tank has, and then decide the best man for the job, of course after you get your stocking issue dealth with... the cae could always be rehomed.... they only eat algae when they are young anyways...
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santaclause
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Username: stephen

Post Number: 2
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2006 - 11:07 am:       

dang it, their name is misleading. I'm mad at myself because a siameese algae eater was sitting next to their tank for only .25$ more. I think the type of algae i have is blue-green algae(i thought my tank was in better shape than that!). So now the question is does algae eating shrimp eat blue-green algae?I think i have narrowed down to either the shrimp or ottos, maybe siameese AE. and still does these fish go with the ones i have in my tank(who knows which fish will die off first)
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cindy
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Username: cindy

Post Number: 9096
Registered: 05-2003
Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2006 - 10:40 pm:       

I've never seen anything eat BGA.

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April
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Username: jumpingtadpoles

Post Number: 1143
Registered: 07-2005
Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2006 - 11:24 pm:       

nope, i have heard of BGA being a nuke it type of algae. I would take this to planted area, and ask the experts there for help in ridding your tank of it's toxic presence
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Brad
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Username: brad

Post Number: 1570
Registered: 03-2005
Posted on Monday, February 13, 2006 - 10:35 am:       

Something unsettling about how you`re expecting some of your fish to die off.

I`d say your BGA issue has to do with your overstocking. Remove it, keep the tank clean, reduce fish load and you should be alright. Nothing eats BGA. It`s actually a bacteria.
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Stephen
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Username: stephen

Post Number: 3
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Monday, February 13, 2006 - 07:25 pm:       

brad - ya i guess that sounded kind of weird, i meant that i have 3 black skirt tetras that are 7 years old and the cory is like 5... Today we learned about bga in school and that's definitley not what i have, but it's not the other types either. all i know is this stuff is green and slimy, and grows on basically everything except the filter.
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Stephen
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Username: stephen

Post Number: 4
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Monday, February 13, 2006 - 07:26 pm:       

i think im gonna try to return my chineese algae eater. how exactly do you return them? like put them in a ziploc bag full of water or something?
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Brad
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Username: brad

Post Number: 1587
Registered: 03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 - 03:57 pm:       

Ask them for a bag to put it in. You`ll probably end up 'donating' back to the LFS.

Try to I.D. it here:
http://www.aquaticscape.com/articles/algae.htm#brown
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Shari
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Username: shari

Post Number: 5433
Registered: 06-2003
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 - 04:09 pm:       

Why not put the fish in a plastic bowl of tank water with a lid and take it to the store that way??? They WILL give you your bowl back after they take the fish out of it.

Or, if you have a 5g bucket, that's how I always take them in...and get my bucket back :-)
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cindy
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Username: cindy

Post Number: 9123
Registered: 05-2003
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 - 11:27 pm:       

But then you have to wait around for them to acclimate them.

I take them in gallon ZipLoc bags in a large salad bowl or 5 gallon bucket. They float them in their tanks and I take my bowl/bucket and leave...

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April
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Username: jumpingtadpoles

Post Number: 1157
Registered: 07-2005
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 - 11:47 pm:       

I have ziploc freezer bags that have twist ties, and I put elastics like they do on... and I have taken them in buckets, but that was a 8" pleco....
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Shari
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Post Number: 5437
Registered: 06-2003
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 - 11:10 am:       

Cindy, you mean your LFS makes you wait around while they acclimate the fish???? Mine takes them and puts them in one of those plastic things they put them in when they catch them for you. Then they take them away.

I did have them tell me the LAST time I took them fish that they were going to "hold my credit" until they made sure the fish survived.....ticked me off since it was Swordtails and I'd been giving my fish to them for 3 years....but that's beside the point :-)
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Stephen
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Username: stephen

Post Number: 6
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 - 07:05 pm:       

Ok. I think it's brown algae, it appears brown on the rock i'm talking about and is in little clumps...kind of. It could also be beard algae, but mine isnt that big. So now i know im gonna take back the chineese algae eater, and get either otto, shrimp, or siameese ae. Any suggestion on those? Which eat brown or beard algae and are they compatible with the fish that i have now?
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Stephen
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Username: stephen

Post Number: 7
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 - 07:07 pm:       

who new there were more than just "algae" this is a lot more complicated than i thought it would be
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Debra Ann
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Username: debraann

Post Number: 1033
Registered: 06-2004
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 - 09:55 pm:       

Stephen, Not to ask a dumb question but why does your name keep changing?

You start off as your first and last name, bad idea, then your Santa, and then you turn into just Stephen.

Your using the same avatar but it's confusing when your name keeps changing.
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Stephen
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Username: stephen

Post Number: 8
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2006 - 04:33 pm:       

i had to reregister and then i just felt like changeing my name. just for fun i guesss lol. i think im just gonna stick with this one
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cindy
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Username: cindy

Post Number: 9168
Registered: 05-2003
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2006 - 06:18 pm:       

Shari, I don't wait, that's why I use disposable bags. They float the bags in the various tanks and I go.

You said you took them in a bowl or bucket that you want back, instead of in bags, and I said I wouldn't want to wait for the fish to acclimate (to get the bowl or bucket back.)

Those clear plastic things hang on the outside of the tank, not the inside, so even if they pour the fish in your bowl or bucket into them, do you suppose they are pouring the fish directly in the tank after you leave, without actually acclimating them? That might account for the problem they had that led to them "holding" credit...

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Brad
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Username: brad

Post Number: 1606
Registered: 03-2005
Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2006 - 10:46 am:       

Ottos will eat diatoms (brown alage) as will nerite snails.

Real SAE`s and only real SAE`s will eat black beard algae. Use the link I provided above to properly I.D. one.
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Gopi
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Username: gopi

Post Number: 1619
Registered: 01-2004
Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2006 - 06:33 pm:       

Brad....are you saying Ottos eat nerites or that nerites eat diatoms?
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Karin
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Username: autumn

Post Number: 1646
Registered: 03-2004
Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2006 - 06:41 pm:       

I think he means ottos and nerites both eat diatoms. Hehe, but I didn't know that's what brown algea was. New wrinkle in my brain.
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