Choosing the right fish (blenny)

Discussion in 'Nuisance Algae' started by MatthewHoward, 27 Feb 2013.

  1. MatthewHoward

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    So I am looking for a fish to clean up the remaining algae in my tank. I am looking at a lawnmower blenny, however I am worry that once all the algae is gone he is going to starve. I done a bit of research and found out that the diet can be supplemented. I do not know if this is true or even what you can supplement their diet with.

    I was looking at getting a tang however my tank is 90cm long and holds about 100L. I do not want to me cruel to any of my lovely fish. Should a 90cm tank be fine for a blenny? I got plenty of LR for him to hide under and more on the way. I got a clown fish and a damsel in my tank. I am also looking to restock my tank with more corals, so anything I need to look out there? (nipping at polyps, etc)

    If there are any other type fish that might suit my needs and is compatible with my tank, I would love to hear.

    p.s. And how difficult are these fish to keep.

    Looking forward for your guys response:bigthumbup:
     
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  3. Visser

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    @MatthewHoward, i would rather recomment that you get a variety of snails at this stage.
    Try something like:
    3x zebra turbo snails
    3x pyramid turban snails
    1x emerald crab
    They will keep your algae at bay & prevent any further outbreaks & when all the algae is gone, they wont really starve as the can eat microalgae as well...

    Blennies are anyhow a gamble as they wil sometimes not even touch algae & just nibble at the algae on the glass..
     
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    Agree with Visser. Rather avoid the blenny as a means to end a problem, rather find the cause of the algae and fix that.
     
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    If your tank is 90cm long and 60cm wide then I would say get a Convict tang.. They munch algae like a beast..
     
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    A young convict tank could work, but he wont do well once he is fully grown...
    liveaquaria recommends a 125 gallon tank for a convict...
     
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    Ja those are the adults.. I would say a convict would be fine in your tank for about a year..
     
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    Where did you buy your convict tank from @Ruberto Frazao?
     
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    @Visser I don't own a convict tang.. Just read up that they don't grow to fast..:p
     
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    Hermit Crabs are also good investments when it comes to keeping algae short :thumbup:

    Then again I would also agree with some on here to say rather address the issue which is causing the algae growth :whistling:
     
  11. MatthewHoward

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    Well I have a CuC. 3 Tubro snail and 3 nassarius snail and one hermit crab. The algae is going into remission, so I guess I am just looking for an excuse to get another fish. Just thought I'll use the blenny useful ablity to eat algae.
     
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    just get the lawnmower blenny dude, mine never touched any algae but ate like a machine and was healthy, lost him in a tank wipe out... awsm fish with the best personality you can find
     
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    Bad idea, they eat a lot and grow, mine was 4cm and is now 10cm in 6 months

    As 459b stated, solve the cause and algae will go., strombus snails will keep tank substrate clean

    How old is the tank again?
     
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    Algae eating snails like nerita and turbo's would be great. But not too many, else they all do not get enough food.
     
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    @Visser I don't own a convict tang.. Just read up that they don't grow to fast..:p

    They do grow fast & will eat any flake / pellet / live food in preference to algae - or at least thats what mine have done , but they are very active and do eat some algae ( not GHA)!
     
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