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The Celestial Pearl Danio Forum • View topic - CPDs, algae problem, Siamese Algae Eater?

CPDs, algae problem, Siamese Algae Eater?

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CPDs, algae problem, Siamese Algae Eater?

Postby spiderlady » Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:38 pm

Hi All.
I'm new to the forum and to fish keeping in general (ish). I just set up a 55 gal tank. It's planted, though not very densely at this point. I'm hoping to thicken it up with some more plants soon. It also has a giant sunken ship that provides lots of hiding space. Right now the tank is cycling with a few zebra danios in it. The plan was to have a shoal of CPD's and nothing else. However, I'm only about 2 weeks in on this tank, and I"m starting to see a lot of algae, mostly red, but also some green stuff too. I'm wondering about having a SAE (or two if they must be social?) in there with the CPDs...

My questions are would these guys
1) Get along OK with the CPDs without making them even more shy than they already are or starving them?
2) Be OK in a planted tank without knocking the plants around too much or uprooting them?

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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Re: CPDs, algae problem, Siamese Algae Eater?

Postby BallAquatics » Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:45 am

Adult Siamese Algae Eaters grow to be 4" - 6". I've never kept the two together, but just as a general rule, big fish eat little fish. You might be better to try some algae eating shrimp.

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Re: CPDs, algae problem, Siamese Algae Eater?

Postby spiderlady » Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:48 pm

Sweet! I didn't know there were algae eating shrimp. I will look into this and hopefully can find the right shrimp at my LFS. I am also studying up more on keeping aquatic plants, and it seems that I could probably do some other stuff to try and discourage algae growth. I've bought some fertilizer I was gonna use for the plants, but I was waiting because I figured a tank so new probably has plenty of nutrients in it (I used good potting soil and a bit of peat moss under the sand). But maybe I'll give that a try, and also keeping the lights on for less time during the day...

Thanks Dennis!
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