i recently bought some golden algae eaters, the "expert" at the fish store recomended them for algae, i eagerly agreed since he is the expert : . after reading posts on this site i have learned they are not as good as i thought... What is the best fish that will eat algae
The answer to that question depends largely on the size of your tank.
For a small tank otocinclus "otos" can't be beat but you generally need more than one to see them at their best.
A little larger tank could handle a bristlenose easily. a little larger and one of the smaller plecostomous would work.
Sooo... I guess we need to know the size of the tank you want an algae eater for
Most CAE's start out peaceful and algae-eating but as they grow get more interested in being aggressive and less interested in eating algae. IMO, there is really no point in having them. There are other algae eaters that stay small and peaceful. I would trade in the CAE for Otos or a small pleco. :-\
i really love AE's i have seen some smaller plecos. tiger and zebra plecos from what i have been told only grow to four or five inches or a bristlenose is the same. I want a bigger tank already after i saw a yellow sail, with yellow polka dots pleco but i understand he is big as an adult, similar to common pleco.