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Leadfoot (and others) - Algae solution

Posted By: SusanA <susanccr@hotmail.com>
Date: Monday, 25 November 2002, at 12:58 p.m.

You saw my pics of the algae in my tanks - it was completely overgrowing the top of the tank. I had an issue with brown algae, too, which was covering everything.

The little clown pleco I got has totally transformed the tank. Every morning I see a little more space uncovered. He started with the uplift tubes and has moved on to the plastic plants. Now he's working on the back glass, an area at a time.

I got this little guy at less than an inch long (excluding tail). I don't see him very often, but when the lights went on the other day he was still working. He's now (about a month after i got him) topped two inches. He eats only algae, yams, and an occasional snack of wood (there are three types of wood in the tank - regular soft wood from the LFS, mopani, and an unidentified root that I bought a hundred years ago), and I assume he gleans some food from the bottom of the tank that my piggy loaches leave behind.

The loaches leave him alone, he leaves them alone, and everybody gets on great!

By the way, I don't remember who gave the tip about feeding yams to plecos, but a rousing thank you. My loaches eat everything else I put in there for him and chase him off when he tries to get some.

I actually worry about him when he finishes cleaning off the tank. I'm hoping he'll become a little more agressive when I put lettuce or zucchini in the tank.

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