Adding Algae Eaters To New Tank?

  1. Betta_397

    Betta_397 New Member Member

    Hello! I am excited to be here!
    I have a two week cycled 5 gallon tank. I first put 4 dandelion cichlids and well... That didn't go well at all. I took them back (yes they survived). Anyway, I decided to get a Betta. I am going to be checking the water parameters soon to assure safety. Anyway, when would be a best idea to get algae eaters or pleco's (proper breeds for a 5 gal)? I know not to overload a 5 gallon tank as pracically any fish belongs in a 5 gallon tank. As far as the algae eaters, what would you suggest with a Betta?

    Thank you!
     
  2. JamieXPXP

    JamieXPXP Well Known Member Member

    Nerite snails are the best algae eater to get with a betta in a small tank, you could try some Amano Shrimp but the betta might try to eat them. all plecos need 20g or larger
     
  3. OP
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    Betta_397

    Betta_397 New Member Member

    Ok, thank you! So no catfish or pleco's? Just making sure.
     


  4. david1978

    david1978 Fishlore VIP Member

    No catfish or pleco im aware of.
     
  5. OP
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    Betta_397

    Betta_397 New Member Member

    OK :/ Well I could try with shrimp but I have a feeling a male Betta would eat them
     
  6. Mcasella

    Mcasella Fishlore VIP Member

    Then go with a nerite, bettas have different personalities so they are not predictable with their behavior for them being around other fish/animals.
     
  7. OP
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    Betta_397

    Betta_397 New Member Member

    For sure I thought about other fish but again, a 5g is too small. The nerites should serve well I suppose.
     
  8. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    You are the best at preventing and controlling algae - no algae eaters necessary :)