Complete revamp

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  1. Whoknows

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    Fire your cleaner then :lol::lol:
     
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    Such a nice pic. My BN also doesn't get to the glass. Only the rocks
     
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    I was actually thinking of adding a few more bristle noses.
    But then decided against it. Don't want to add to the bio-load of the tank with fish that one hardly sees.
     
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    So despite try to get all of the Multies to take up residence on one side of the tank, they were not co-operating.
    Moved the shells to one side, but 1 pair kept going back to their original patch. Shells or no shells. Each colony was keeping a clear 50cm around their area, where any fish coming within this area would get seen off. While it was quite amusing to see a 2cm fish chasing off a fish 5x bigger then itself, it also meant that most of the fish were confined to a relatively small area of the middle of the tank.
    So town planning became an eviction. A friend of mine had a spare tank, so I gave the one pair (without fry) to him.

    And it has made an immediate difference.
    The one group of remaining Multies still have their area. But the fish are far less bunched up than they used to be

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    When I first made the change, there was algae on most of the glass, except bits of the front where I had scraped it off. Within 2 weeks of his introduction, it was 100% spotless.
    I think now there is a fair amount of algae on the wood (don't mind as it makes it look more natural) but I guess it's now meeting all his requirements.
     
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    There has to be some other algae eater that will fit your theme?
     
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    When I first introduced my BN he was way too small so he spent all day hiding and only recently is outgoing. He does a wonderful job on the rocks because my lights are on for most of the day and I like the look of algae too it makes the tank look natural. My common plecco cleans the back glass well but the bn never does the glass. Maybe he needs to grow a little more as he's afraid to be exposed and far from cover. Only the Mbuna bother him and they can be quite a pest. The front glass I scrape off once a week and it doesn't really get all that bad
     
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    Looks very good Reedfish, oto's will be nice but they also just hide most of the time so seeing them is rare. They will scrape the algae off in no time though.
     
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    Thanks

    The water is hard and the fish aggressive. Don't think Ottos would be a good choice.

    I will just have to be more diligent with using the scraper :rolleyes:
     
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    Why not give nerites a try?
     
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    Ai, no they wouldn't. Elbow grease is the name of the game then.
     
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    I'm glad the eviction had a good result for the rest of the fish.
     
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    With Tangs, there is always going to be a bit of squabbling. That I don't mind. They are Cichlids after all. But when one species becomes more than just boisterous, it needs to be dealt with.

    There are possibly 2 or 3 species in the setup that I maybe should not have included
    As my tank progressed from last August to the present, I added what appealed and what was available at the lfs.
    Didn't know what may become available at a later stage. So I bought them at the time.
    But that's the thing with hindsight :rolleyes:
     
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    Stunning @Reedfish

    Love those gobies and the tank i looking stunning too
     
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    Thanks

    Went to the lfs to get a few more small Anubias for the front, but they didn’t have any :(
     
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