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Title: ADF tank mates/big algae problem
Post by: Sam-hughes543 on May 01, 2014, 03:32:34 AM
Hi everyone!

I have 2 ADFs in a 6 gallon tank, they have been happy and healthy for around 6 months, the only problem is is Algae, the glass and gravel is covered in it! i give it a wipe every water change and it still grows back within a week! There are several live plants, a mini filter, lights are on a timer for 12 hours.

Now the question is shall i get a snail/algae eater to help clear it? reduce light? add more plants?

Thank every one :)


Title: Re: ADF tank mates/big algae problem
Post by: Claire on May 01, 2014, 03:47:20 AM
A Nerite snail would work for you.
More plants is always a good idea! :happy:
I would reduce your lighting to 8 hours a day though and keep the tank away from direct sunlight.


Title: Re: ADF tank mates/big algae problem
Post by: Sam-hughes543 on May 01, 2014, 04:57:13 AM
Ok great, the tank is nowhere near direct sunlight in all fairness it kind of tucked away in a corner.

will the snail just need the algae to eat or do they need extra food?

I was thinking more plants but its difficult to see the frogs as it is :P I might just add a few more at the back and see :)


Title: Re: ADF tank mates/big algae problem
Post by: gunnered72 on May 01, 2014, 07:39:33 AM
How much water do you change and how often


Title: Re: ADF tank mates/big algae problem
Post by: Sam-hughes543 on May 01, 2014, 08:03:06 AM
I do 50% every week


Title: Re: ADF tank mates/big algae problem
Post by: Spuds on May 01, 2014, 12:43:28 PM
Shrimp!!  :) I kept Amano shrimp with my ADF's no prob


Title: Re: ADF tank mates/big algae problem
Post by: gunnered72 on May 01, 2014, 05:14:27 PM
Reduce lights to 8 hours max ( less is better) and get some Horned Nerites Snails..
Horned Nerites are amazing algae eaters..Probably the best I've come across..Because of them I never have to clean my glass and all the surfaces in my tanks are kept spotless..They just eat algae continuously..Oh and they don't reproduce in freshwater aquariums so no horrible snail outbreaks...


Title: Re: ADF tank mates/big algae problem
Post by: Sam-hughes543 on May 07, 2014, 04:15:41 AM
I've reduced the lighting and fingers crossed will help :) the only snails my LFS has are zebra snails? Are they any good? they are 4.99 each! for a snail! my frogs didn't even cost that  :lol:


Title: Re: ADF tank mates/big algae problem
Post by: gunnered72 on May 07, 2014, 11:14:07 AM
If they are Zebra "Nerites" they will be exactly what you need..
There are various types of Nerites..all are excellent algae eaters..
I suggested Horned Nerites because they are smaller and also my personal favourite


Title: Re: ADF tank mates/big algae problem
Post by: Sam-hughes543 on May 08, 2014, 02:34:32 AM
It literally says zebra snails  :confused:

I've attached a picture i have found on google which looks like the right ones


Title: Re: ADF tank mates/big algae problem
Post by: gunnered72 on May 08, 2014, 03:38:18 AM
Those are Zebra Nerite Snails most definitely...They are exactly what your looking for  :happy:

Give them a little time to do their work...

Dont expect miracles overnight...

But they will in time do a great job for ya  :happy:


Title: Re: ADF tank mates/big algae problem
Post by: Sam-hughes543 on May 08, 2014, 04:24:28 AM
Ok great, they are on offer if i buy two so shall i get two or one? its a 6 gallon tank with lots of live plants and just the two frogs?

They are quite pretty snails :)


Title: Re: ADF tank mates/big algae problem
Post by: Spuds on May 08, 2014, 11:51:29 AM
2 is perfect... you could even go a little wild and get 4 if you want  :proud:.


Title: Re: ADF tank mates/big algae problem
Post by: gunnered72 on May 08, 2014, 06:27:47 PM
3 or 4 will be ideal!


Title: Re: ADF tank mates/big algae problem
Post by: Sam-hughes543 on May 23, 2014, 04:46:32 AM
Just an update! I brought 2 zebra snails for now and WOW! they do such an amazing job! and they are soo cute! highly recommend these guys!  :happy_dance_01:


Title: Re: ADF tank mates/big algae problem
Post by: gunnered72 on May 23, 2014, 04:58:41 AM
Happy days!

Glad ya got it sorted...

Reducing the light will have helped alot too but yeah Nerites are algae destroyers and look cute too   :party:


Title: Re: ADF tank mates/big algae problem
Post by: Sam-hughes543 on May 23, 2014, 05:23:42 AM
Its so interesting watching them munch away, The frogs are using them as stepping stones as well which is funny! really fond of the little guys now  :) great advice! thank you.