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melanie78
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Hi, I need some help...my tank is growing algae...and I don\'t know why and how to stop it....any suggestions?
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I have seen people use algae eater fish, crayfish, and snails to take care of their algae. Ask reptileman, he has an apple snail.

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I actually read somewhere,...can\'t remember where now I\'ve read so many different sites regarding turtle care, that if you are growing algae it means you are doing something RIGHT! However, it can be a PITA for cleaning.

I\'m anxious to see if anyone replies to this as well regarding getting snails. Won\'t the turtles try to eat the snails??? Also snail multiply quickly and you\'d have to keep them under control.
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Ehh just get a sucker fish and an apple snail like reptileman did.
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I\'m anxious to see if anyone replies to this as well regarding getting snails. Won\'t the turtles try to eat the snails??? Also snail multiply quickly and you\'d have to keep them under control.[/quote]

Yep, the turtles do eat the snails and the snails really multipy quickly! :)

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The snail is the only outsider to survive with my turtles...alge eaters don\'t last very long, they are an easy catch being a little bit slower than feeder fish!!!
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Really? I bought an algae eater that looked like a shark, it was really skinny. I grew from half an inch to about 5 inches long in it\'s short fishy life time. His name was Sharky. :) I just bought his replacement, Zoomer. They are really fast and they don\'t like to be seen. I think they are great with turtles. :) They really take care of the algae problem! :)

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A turtle eating an algae fish?!?!?! I have snapper\'s and come on they dont even look at these guys. The little guys all attatch to their shell\'s and have a blast eating algae and my turtles love it!

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Ya, I know. I don\'t understand why miss whatever or the other (no offence) says they eat them???????????

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where can i get one of these \"algae eating fish.\" i am having bad problems with algae as well. also, how much would a fish of this type cost?? ** i am on a budget!
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hey guys! yeah I do have an apple snail. yeah it definitley helps cut down on algae. a while back, I bought a small black mystery snail to help with cleanup and he helped by eating algae off the larger snail\'s shell!
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When I bought my sucker fish (at Wal Mart, which has a two or three day garentee on each fish, so long as you bring back the fish or the reciet) it only cost $2 and it was only 1/2 an inch long, or something like that. By the time it died, it was over 5 inches long!! They are really cool!
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cool! thanks! i\'ll go check it out!
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Hope your algea goes down!! :)
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Let us know how it turns out.
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i have the apple snail and the \"shark\"algea eater and i never had problem with overpopulation of snail,it\'s more like the opposite,i had to buy some more cause the turtle eat them too quick,but the combination of the shark and the snail those a great job in my tank..the shark even clean up the shell of my turtle when she quiet in the bottom!if u ever have problem with to much snail squish a couple of them to brake their shell and ur turtle will eat them for sure!but like mariza said to me quarantine ur snail before putting them with ur turtle cause they can carrie parasites!!!good luck with ur algea problem!
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yaya, I haven\'t seen you in a while. Where have you been?
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I know! Do those Shark-like algae eaters earn their keep or what?! :) And they are so much cheaper than Plecosomus or something ones. See ya!
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reptileman wrote:
yaya, I haven\'t seen you in a while. Where have you been?
yeah...was out of internet connection for a while...glad to be back!i love this site!!:)
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Has anyone heard from Carrie? I hope she is okay, with the hurricanes and all. :(
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my shails (apple) never work out, i had to take it out b/c the trapdoor fell off, propaly due to harrassment

algea is a sight on too many nutrians in the water (well a lot is, it will come naturally anyways) either feed in a dif container or scoop out pellets, fecies, anything dead, etc
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if the trapdoor fell off, it was probably dead. did it move at all? after its trapdoor fell off?
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ya, i moved it to my fish tank and its been much happier in there
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hurray for the snail! lol
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the thingie it closes itself up with
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Thingy, say it right or don\'t say it at all. :) lol
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thangy sorry :) lol
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geeze, thingy thers :)
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there:) now u happy:)
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sound cruel but my turtle rip off the trapdoor of my snail and i leave it there cause i was sure the snail was dead and the turtle would eat it but in the afternoon the snail was sucking on decoration in the tank and he the one who still alive when every other snails from that bunch(i have to buy them once and a while)are dead...he\'s a tuff one...little story just to point out they can live without the trapdoor....:)
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Yes, I am happy. :)
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