Algae eater that's safe with a betta?

  1. tcmneedler

    tcmneedler Initiate Member

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    Is there any kind of algae eater that is safe to put into a 3 gallon tank with a betta? The fish store sold me some kind of algae eating catfish, swearing up and down that it'd be fine. I put the poor little thing into the tank the day before yesterday and today I found him dead, his fins and tail gone.
    Any advice would be appreciated.
     


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    Lucy Moderator Moderator Member

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    Welcome to Fishlore!

    I'm sorry to hear about your algea eater.
    It sounds like your betta didn't want company. Most Bettas are solitary fish and won't accept tank mates. A couple of possible exceptions are otos and cories, sometimes snails.
    Unfortunatly, your tank isn't big enough to add any other fish.
     
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    tcmneedler Initiate Member

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    It's very frustrating when a fish store gives incorrect advice on something like this.
     
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    Hello TC. Yes I agree some fish stores don't always give the correct or best advice. Remember, after all, they are business to make a sale. Many of us have been in the same situation over the years.
    Ken
     
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    Do malaysian trumpet snails eat algae? I have a few of those in the tank. Not necessarily by choice. :)
     
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