Algae grazing fish for my Nano ?

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  1. Apollo

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    Hello to all,

    I've had GHA popping up on most rocks in my tank over the past couple of weeks.
    Not too bad sofar , but obviously I didn't want this to get out of hand.

    So, I've been using various methods to reduce or rid myseld of this pest.
    Some success, as I can see the GHA going translucent in some places (Could be that I'm winning ?)

    Anyway, my question is as follows:

    Since I have a fair amount of "grazing fodder" in my tank , which fish would be best suited to mowing down the GHA and keeping it in check ?

    Bear in mind that I have a 58liter Nano , and even though a tang would look really nice , it's just not an option in my limited water volume . :p
     
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  3. Tobes

    Tobes Retired Moderator

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    Your tank might be too small for a lawnmower blenny as well - just google it and check what minimum tank size they require - can't remember :p
    Maybe a couple hermits?
     
  4. Apollo

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    Thanks Tobes,

    Yes, it would appear that the minimum recommended tank size should be between 100 to 150 liters. :(



    Mhhm... will have to look at other options such as hermits. :p
     
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    Rather than stick a plaster on the sore, find out what is causing the problem and cure it. Use a phosphate remover and ensure your water preameters are spot on, the GHA will starve and die off, a nano is too small for a fish with a job.
     
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    Hi Mike , thanks for the feedback.

    Don't misunderstand me : I am not looking at a quick fix for the GHA problem. I've identified the source of the phosphates & nitrates ( In my case the LR), and I am diligent with repsect to my waterchanges and cleaning regime.

    I do appear to be winning the battle , but I was merely looking at getting a little "help" from a fishy friend and at the same time providing a good food source.
     
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    Mike Retired Moderator

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    I think you'd be better off just removing with your hand as much as you can, if you added a fish or sea hare to get rid of the GHA, the nano would soon be empty, then you'd be worried about the animal starving......
     
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    I agree with Mike, at best you could look at some hermits or snails to assist, but we have such a poor variety imported into this country that even that is not a viable option. If you are winning the battle then I say just be patient and keep doing what you are doing.
     
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    Thanks guys .

    Very true . Patience is what is required.

    Will do so.:)
     
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    If their was a "quick fix" most of us would be using it.
     
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    Very true indeed Shaun:whistling:
     
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    Have you tried a turbo snail yet. The one in my tank is like a lawn mower. It chows anything resembling algae. Land mines are the only drawback, but my bristle worms seem to enjoy them :p

    Most of the stuff I have researched about Turbo snails is that they only chow diatoms but the one I got seems to eat the GHA before it gets too long.
     
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    Thanks Kevin,

    I currently have 5 local snails and 2 hermits as CUC. They are ripping out the GHA in big tuffts, but it is growing back faster than what they can eat it.

    And yes , the amount of **** they leave is amazing.

    Having to vacuum the substrate twice weekly .:lol:
     
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