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I am new to the planted tank world. I am going to set up my 45 gallon planted tank with glosso for the carpet and byxa for the background. I used aquasoil and powersand as the substrate. My tank is equipped with 260W lighting system, pressurized CO2, and fluval 405 filter. I intend to add some algae cleaning fish and shrimps.

What kind of fish AND shrimps would be the most suitable for that role? How many should I add into my 45 gallon tank?
 

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Red-Tailed Garra (about 6) and some Amano Shrimp (about eight). You will be set! The Garra's are a bit hard to find; let me know if you want them and I'll talk to some of my buddies to see if I can get them for you. Garra's eat absolutely all types of algae, including black beard algae which ottos and cherries won't touch.
 

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Red-Tailed Garra (about 6) and some Amano Shrimp (about eight). You will be set! The Garra's are a bit hard to find; let me know if you want them and I'll talk to some of my buddies to see if I can get them for you. Garra's eat absolutely all types of algae, including black beard algae which ottos and cherries won't touch.
I am curious about the Red-Tailed Garra. It seems to be tough to find any infomation about them on google. Is there anyone have any info such as how big they are, lifespan, care info, etc.?
 

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And don't forget the TRUE Siamese Algae Eaters. They're excellent and an important addition to any tank.
 

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And don't forget the TRUE Siamese Algae Eaters. They're excellent and an important addition to any tank.
Only if you don't have any fine-needled plants, like R. Wallichi in your tank. I had real SAEs in my 55G and once they came in, my long beautiful corner of pink-tipped R. Wallichi turned into a forest of long sticks with razor stubble on them.

Damn things were like Piranhas - They couldn't eat it fast enough.

- Jeff
 

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I am new to the planted tank world. I am going to set up my 45 gallon planted tank with glosso for the carpet and byxa for the background. I used aquasoil and powersand as the substrate. My tank is equipped with 260W lighting system, pressurized CO2, and fluval 405 filter. I intend to add some algae cleaning fish and shrimps.

What kind of fish AND shrimps would be the most suitable for that role? How many should I add into my 45 gallon tank?
That is alot of light for that size tank. I would run a very short photoperiod- like 5 hours tops when first set up. Garra species are great algae eaters too as are several snail (Neritina) species.
 

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Only if you don't have any fine-needled plants, like R. Wallichi in your tank. I had real SAEs in my 55G and once they came in, my long beautiful corner of pink-tipped R. Wallichi turned into a forest of long sticks with razor stubble on them.

Damn things were like Piranhas - They couldn't eat it fast enough.

- Jeff
Wow, they don't eat any of my plants and they are about 3" long
 

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The American flag fish consumes more algae and sometimes plant matter then any other fish I have ever seen. when I had H.M. he would literally pull tiny pieces of it out of the gravel and shake his head back and forth until he ripped it off and then swallow the thing whole.
 

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Awwwww. Show some love for SAEs....they are great fish. They may not eat BBA when they get as big as a cigar, but they are interesting. Never had one eat my plants. I have had them jump outta the tank, though! Probably the worst thing is that they are impossible to catch. Gotta give them some respect for that.
 
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