Algae Eater For My 20g Long Betta Tank

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by Kamaile, Apr 19, 2018.

  1. Kamaile

    KamaileValued MemberMember

    Ive just set up my 20G long thats been sitting empty for some time and plan to put one of my spunkiest crowntails in it after the cycle (he's in a 6 gallon right now, and I think he'd appreciate the space most out of all the bettas I could put in).

    I would like to eventually put some plants in with him (I was thinking elodea and/or Java Fern but I'm open to suggestions) in which case I will have light on the tank. I'm wondering if there are any creatures I could put in there that will be compatible with my betta, will create minimal waste, will not eat my plants, and will keep algae growth under control.

    Ideas?
     
  2. Bry

    BryWell Known MemberMember

    I have a Tiger Nerite Snail in with my Betta and I've never seen a speck of algae. Also, they have pretty shells lol.
     
  3. 75g Discus Tank

    75g Discus TankFishlore VIPMember

    Any nerite would work out.

    Do not buy it so it will eat just algae. Supplement the nerite’s diet with blanched veggies and algae discs.
     




  4. CloudTheFluffy

    CloudTheFluffyValued MemberMember

    The only things I can think of is oto cats but you would really need a good build up amid algae and really for the tank to be be moderately planted for that to work.
    Besides that only other thing I can think of is a bn pleco but those are poop machines. Though if it was just him and the betta it wouldn’t be too much of an issue. Maybe someone else has more ideas.

    Edit: completely forgot snails sorry
     
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    Kamaile

    KamaileValued MemberMember

    Do you think I could just supplement the oto cat diet so I don't need to have an algae buildup? They wouldn't eat my plants, would they? I'm kind of leaning away from a pleco because I want my betta tank to look somewhat clean between water changes.
     




  6. 75g Discus Tank

    75g Discus TankFishlore VIPMember

    Otos aren’t temp compatible so I wouldn’t recommend them.
     
  7. Bry

    BryWell Known MemberMember

    I have snails in all of my tanks. I love them :)
     
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    Kamaile

    KamaileValued MemberMember

    Do they produce much waste? What would the best veggies be? I already feed a pleco, could I use the same veggies for both?
     
  9. 75g Discus Tank

    75g Discus TankFishlore VIPMember

    Nerites don’t poop too much. Their favorite veggie IME is a slice of blanched zuchinni.
     
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    Kamaile

    KamaileValued MemberMember

    What types of snails would you recommend?
     
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    Kamaile

    KamaileValued MemberMember

    Note taken, thank you. I guess I won't add otos. It's looking like snails are my best bet. I thought I had heard of shrimp that can do the job, too, but I may have been dreaming.
     
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    Kamaile

    KamaileValued MemberMember

    Awesome, that's what I feed my pleco most often!
     
  13. 75g Discus Tank

    75g Discus TankFishlore VIPMember

    Amano shrimp can do the job, but they don’t do as well as nerites IMO,
     
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    Kamaile

    KamaileValued MemberMember

    Does anyone have recommendations for where to get healthy nerite snails? I don't want to order through my LFS; they seem to get aquatic animals sick way too often.
     
  15. 75g Discus Tank

    75g Discus TankFishlore VIPMember

    Try Aquabid. They have a lot of auctions. Look for somebody with high customer review ratings.
     
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    Kamaile

    KamaileValued MemberMember

    Awesome, thank you. Do you think I should just get one? I guess we may not know much about snail happiness, but would it be adviseable to get 2 or 3?
     
  17. 75g Discus Tank

    75g Discus TankFishlore VIPMember

    I would get more than 1. In my 20 long, I collect different types of nerites so I have 6.

    Probably 2-4 would be good though.
     




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