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I have a 55 galloon cichlid tank but can't seem to keep an algae eater alive to control the algae. I've had regular placos as well as bristl nose placos.

 

The tank includes:

Yellow labs

Red Zebras

P Demasonis

Auaratus

Socolofi

 

The fish all get along geat and don't seem aggresive except toward the algae eaters.

 

The tank has been running for over 4 months and the water quality is tested and fine.

 

Any help would be appreciated.

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I have never had this problem so I am not exactly sure wat to do. But, i think maby you should try to get a big pleco.. bigger than your fish.

MAtt

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Maybe you should try a Chinease Algea Eater...I have heard that they are pretty aggressive though, and they might chase you cichlids a bit. It is never a good idea to add only one fish at a time though.

 

If you still have problems you should try a L-125 Pleco, they have barbs all up and down their body, with sharp barbs on thier tail. Nasty looking, I have never seen one in a fight, but I would think that there aren't many groups of fish that could tackle that.

 

at least i think it is a 125...

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Anytime you add a new fish to an existing mbuna setup you're going to have problems.

 

Try adding one at night after you turn off the lights. Rearranging the rockwork while you add one might also help. Getting a larger Pleco might help but large Plecos usually don't eat algae. Most common Plecos lose interest in algae as they grow and will just want to eat your Cichlid's pellets and the occasional algae wafer or veggie.

 

Even if you wake all the extra measures available, sometimes Cichlids just won't accept a Pleco in the tank. You can always get yourself an algae scraper. Most mbuna will actually follow the scraper around and eat the algae while it floats around after you scrape it off.

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I stand corrected...in my previous post i refer to a L-125 Pleco...it is L-155.

 

http://www.ekkwill.com/adplecl155.html

 

thing looks nasty. I think its skin alone will keep the cichlids off.

 

Pleco's stop eating algea when they get bigger, and you need to put driftwood in the tank to help keep them full.

 

jeff

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You might try a alge eating snail,sincethey come out at night to feed and tuck themseves away in their shells during the day it might be alright.I have one in my tank with a oscar ,2green terrors,1green sevrum,2jewels and onther cichlid with no problwms,good luck.

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What is the best algae eating fish that wont eat aquarium plants. i was planning on getting a new plec until i realised he'd eat all my new plants, any suggestions?

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