Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquariums' started by oceansurf, Jul 16, 2010.
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Is it possible to go without algae eaters if you clean your tank throughly once or twice a week ?
? ie snails crabs and such.
Yeah. but its vigorous and you'll get agitated having to clean non stop. tis better to get CUC
People have done it. but it makes your life easier having them
if you mean in a freshwater set up?
many of the algae eating species of fish dont get fed adequately in home aquaria anyway
As housekeeping we perform for aesthetic reasons reduces further the limited foods they can find
I was always a fan of supplementing with algae wafers/ pellets/ discs etc to ensure any I kept (mainly plecostomus species , golden nugget, royals and Mango plecs) where always able to secure enough to eat
I dont believe they are essential and never selected them for maintenance crew duty, the ones I did keep, where kept because I liked them.
Most "algae eaters" sold in the freshwater trade are not very good at their jobs, the corydora cats seem to be the best of the ones I use, sometimes I add a Pleco just because I like them but don't count on them to do any visable cleaning.
its always better to keep the tank without algae... You wouldnt need an algae eater then...Else like Steve mentioned you would need to supplement with algae wafers
Bristlenose Pelco and Siamese Algae eater are the ones i recommend which go hand in hand with Discus
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