Algae Eater For My Betta Tank

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Ive just set up my 20 gallon 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?
 

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If your betta is a bit more mellow, you could do otocinclus cats. Cute little algae eaters that your betta should ignore as long as its mellow. You should probably get 2 or 3 though
 
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Iridium_2256 said:
If your betta is a bit more mellow, you could do otocinclus cats. Cute little algae eaters that your betta should ignore as long as its mellow.
Do otocinclus catfish school? Would I need substrate? I forgot to mention that I prefer barebottomed tanks for ease of maintenance. I know that lots of catfish like to sift through substrate, but since these are suckermouths maybe they don't?
 

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They do school, so you need at least 6 of them in a school, but they don't have a large bioload so they should be fine in a 20 gallon with your betta. While they probably de appreciate some gravel do get more algae off of, they don't seem to have any problem with no substrate, and in some cases could be a little better due to the lower risk of cutting their mouths. They are also kind of delicate and will need some extra care acclimating to the tank.
 

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Nerite/mystery snails? Probably less so the mystery snails because they produce a fair amount of bioload, but the nerite would do nicely.
 
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Milliemae124 said:
A group of Pygmy corydoras would look nice in a planted tank.
I agree, but I'm hoping to stay away from substrate in this tank and don't think they'd be happy at the temperature this tank is or without substrate.
 
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