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Posted 7/29/2011 1:41:37 PM


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Is their any fish that will eat algae and grow only around 6" or less and can live in a pond?

Thanks

Blub, Blub, Blub!

20 gallon: 5 Cardinal Tetras, 1 Albino Cory,, 4 anubius, Valisneria Americana and Valisneria spirals, 2 Amazon Sword,Red ludwigia, Money wort, and tons of Java fern!!w00t:
Going to get Frogbit, Dwarf Sag and Either Anacharis or Water wisteria or Water sprite
Planning on Getting 4 or 5 Praecox Rainbow fish!
And 2 otocinclus and Maybe something else.....


Pond (60 Gallon) Shutdown untill May!
In garage: Blue water Iris, Chamleon plant, Pink pickrel rush, and Red stemed parrots feather.
1 white Sarssa comet
1 Shubunkin
1 Common goldfish (Was a feeder)


Other pets: 2 budgies, 1 yappy Long haired Dachshund and Kitkat my Killer Cat!

Aiming to get another tank!

Tank leak deaths: 1 Cardinal Tetra, 1 Pepper Cory, 1 Albino Cory, 2 originals, A few Java fern and Almost killed my Big Amazon sword.....Almost. (Has only three leaves but white roots)

R.I.P Mr.Blubs My Red Ryukin Goldfish

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Posted 10/7/2011 4:42:43 PM
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Hi Mr. Blubs.  There is a little fish called an ottocat, catfish, I think that's what it's called.  Anyway, they say that if you have algae problems in your aquarium, get one of these little fish and they'll fix that problem.

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Posted 10/7/2011 5:59:03 PM


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Tropical or temperate (cold-water) pond?

If it's temperate, like you'd keep goldfish in, then there isn't much, if anything, you'll be able to use. Most people end up having to shade out their ponds - similar to how you'd adjust the lighting on a tank.


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Posted 10/9/2011 12:03:47 PM


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Hi! Okay, first of all, an oto-cat (otocinclus) can NOT be put in a pond! They're warm-water fish, who would not last in a coldwater pond overnight. They're usually sensitive to water quality, which can be uncontrollable in a pond. They're also the only algae-eater under 6 inches. Some people put common plecos in ponds, but they are tropicals and I don't know how good they do. And they get 24 inches. There might be some chemical to control it, but those have killed fish before. Good luck!

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Posted 10/10/2011 4:16:29 PM
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One fish that i really love thats not only beautiful but very helpful with algae clean up is the American flag fish (Jordanella floridae) it only grows to about 2 inches is Semi-aggressive, and can thrive in temps of 66-72° F, pH 6.7-8.2. They  originates from still and slow-moving marshes, swamps, lakes, and ponds from Florida south to the Yucatan Peninsula. They have thrived in my tanks and if you can provide the propper conditions they may be the right choice for you also.
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Posted 10/11/2011 7:30:35 AM


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Well, American-Flag Fish will certainly eat string (hair) algae but they breed like mice in an outdoor pond! They won't clean leaves like an Otocinclus. I wouldn't put any Otocinclus in your pond. What type of algae problem do you have?
Here is something I put together about the American-Flag Fish:
http://www.fishchannel.com/fish-magazines/freshwater-and-marine-aquarium/january-2010/a-salute-to-flagfish.aspx

SGN


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Posted 10/13/2011 3:23:32 PM


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If he lives up north flagfish will die

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1 albino longfin zebra danio

Love those bottom feeders!
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Posted 10/14/2011 8:36:37 AM


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Yeah, I think he has his pond closed for the season and is looking for ideas for next summer.  SGN

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Posted 10/14/2011 2:48:38 PM


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Well, i live in Canada so yeah i guess they would die and the pond is also down so no more algae problem. I guess i could go woth snail.

Blub, Blub, Blub!

20 gallon: 5 Cardinal Tetras, 1 Albino Cory,, 4 anubius, Valisneria Americana and Valisneria spirals, 2 Amazon Sword,Red ludwigia, Money wort, and tons of Java fern!!w00t:
Going to get Frogbit, Dwarf Sag and Either Anacharis or Water wisteria or Water sprite
Planning on Getting 4 or 5 Praecox Rainbow fish!
And 2 otocinclus and Maybe something else.....


Pond (60 Gallon) Shutdown untill May!
In garage: Blue water Iris, Chamleon plant, Pink pickrel rush, and Red stemed parrots feather.
1 white Sarssa comet
1 Shubunkin
1 Common goldfish (Was a feeder)


Other pets: 2 budgies, 1 yappy Long haired Dachshund and Kitkat my Killer Cat!

Aiming to get another tank!

Tank leak deaths: 1 Cardinal Tetra, 1 Pepper Cory, 1 Albino Cory, 2 originals, A few Java fern and Almost killed my Big Amazon sword.....Almost. (Has only three leaves but white roots)

R.I.P Mr.Blubs My Red Ryukin Goldfish
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Posted 10/14/2011 4:39:01 PM


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You could still go with flag fish, just have to over winter them indoors.

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