algea eater

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by chunkdaddy, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. chunkdaddy

    chunkdaddyValued MemberMember

    Hey guys, how important is an algea eater/bottom feeder for a tank? What would be a good one for a 10 gallon tank?

  2. Butterfly

    ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    Unless your having a serious algae problem their not "needed" at all. In a ten
    gallon you could even glean the glass by hand. being careful not to over feed and keep up the water changes will help with the algae.

    For cleaning up the bottom of excess food Cory's are good. depending on what else is in the tank you could have three as they need to be in groups if possible.

    Otos are good for 10g tanks if you just want a clean up crew but they like a tank that's been set up for awhile.

    Algae eaters/plecos are just appealing to most people but not necessary as algae and cleanup can be handled by the hobbyist.
  3. Elodea

    ElodeaWell Known MemberMember

    I dislike the term "algae eater" or "janitor fish". All fish deserve to be valued for their own personality and traits, an algae eater or scavenger is just performing an extra role to the aquarium.

    If you decide to buy catfish, be sure to purchase special bottom-feeder food, because they have a right to their own proper feedings, not just gleaning leftover food from the gravel.

    And remember that if you want cories, the only good ones for a 10 gallon tank are pygmy corydoras. The others grow too large.
  4. harpua2002

    harpua2002Fishlore VIPMember

    Habrosus, hastatus, or panda would work too.