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Preferred Supplemental Diet for algae eaters ???

Discussion in 'Algae Control' started by Professor Myers, Oct 19, 2006.

  1. Professor Myers

    Professor Myers Guru Class Expert

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    What does everyone recommend as a Supplemental diet for their algae eaters ? These poor devils are going to starve to death if I don't resort to heroic measures.

    Can I simply increase the light cycle or phosphates temporarily ? I gotta do something... Anyone ?
     
  2. Tom Barr

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    What species?

    Spinach
    Dehulled peas
    Most gords, pumpkin etc

    You can also grow specific species fo algae in tanks with plants, namely Pithophora, which is actually a nice looking algae that is considered desirable by many.

    Few know how to grow it but I do.
    I use to feed it to my Sturisoma and Labiobarbus festiva.

    They loved it.

    I grew it on rocks that had very high aeration and surface moeve runnign across them, basically right under the surface, maybe 1/4" depth at most, lots of current, light etc.

    I also use this species in a algae turf scrubber.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
  3. Professor Myers

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    What Species ?

    ??? All of them...SAE's, Otocinclus, Neocaridina, Farlowella etc...

    Should'a never got that Farlow ! Gluttonous Swine !!! :eek:

    Seriously I'd like to keep them healthy and robust, and don't want them eating Junk Food (Absolutely No Anacharis) I may need them some day. ;)

    Should I just pick up some Nori at the health food Store ?
     
  4. turbomkt

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    squash, zucchini, about any food meant for snails!
     
  5. nursie

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    The term algae eater covers a lot of territory. If you are talking about plecos in addition, they need to have driftwood, they need it in their diet too.
    Mine are particular to zucchini, and I have otos that will eat algae wafers.
     
  6. dschmeh

    dschmeh Prolific Poster

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    i feed hikara algae wafers they are cheap and all my fish and shrimp eat them . or you can give vegtables like peas or squash my pleco likes zucini i put a slice in the microwave for about 20 seconds to soften it up . I dont feed my tank very often . I always see the fish picking at something also if you feed to much your algae eaters will get lazy and not eat algae.
     
  7. Patrice

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    can you tell us more about this?
     
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