Of the twenty or so varieties of shrimp available for freshwater aquariums the Amano is the most widely associated with algae eating. They are very small and you’ll need several of them to make even the smallest dent in an algae infested aquarium. They prefer green algae and have been seen eating beard algae as well as string algae. They don’t swim so they will only remove algae that is on the tank floor, plants or aquarium decorations. Because of their small size overpopulation isn’t an issue although being eaten by fish in the tank is! They will spend most of their time hiding in vegetation if it is possible. The Amano isn’t the only algae eating shrimp but is the most used. Larger shrimp such as the Vampire Shrimp do not eat algae.
Common Names : Suckerfish, Suckermouth Catfish
"Sucker fish" is a catch-all term for a few different species of algae-eating, freshwater aquarium fish with disk-shaped mouths. The term may refer to plecostomus or other members of the catfish family, or Siamese or Chinese algae eaters. Their purpose in the home aquarium is to eat excess algae, though you must feed them supplemental food, such as algae wafers and fish pellets, to insure their health.
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Hypostomus plecostomus is the scientific name for the suckerfish, a freshwater fish often referred to as pleco or plec. Adding a suckerfish to your large freshwater aquarium can be beneficial: He will help keep the tank clear of algae and keep water quality high by cleaning up floating bits of food. The suckerfish is fascinating to watch, but he does have some special needs.
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A freshwater aquarium won’t produce enough algae to keep a grown suckerfish from starving. Your suckerfish is an omnivore who will scrounge around the tank for food left behind by other fish and may nibble on the live plants. Give him supplemental algae wafers or shrimp pellets. Provide fresh lettuce, cucumber, zucchini, broccoli, sweet potato, breadfruit and melon. To keep your suckerfish's fresh food from floating, attach it to a rock with a rubber band. Give your suckerfish supplemental food every evening. Remove leftovers each morning to keep the water from getting murky. As long as you find a little left in the morning, you can be assured that your suckerfish is getting enough to eat. Cut back if a lot remains each morning.I'm so happy to have found this site! Been keeping freshwater aquariums almost 50 years and enjoy the pleco comments. My pleco is 13 - 14 inches long and lives in a 50 gallon Amazon community tank. Key to tank health with a large, fast metabolism fish such as this is water quality. All my life I've done weekly 25& water changes in every tank (make sure new water same pH and hardness), fed variety foods, fresh veggies for the pleco, freeze-dried tubifex and frozen foods... good nutrition, meeting species needs (moving water and hiding spots) plus water quality is the key!