Need Fish To Eat Algae

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by Ian Attaway, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. Ian AttawayValued MemberMember

    Hey guys I am starting to have an algae problem for my new planted tank and I need to know which would be the best fish that wouldn't mess up my tank plants. [​IMG]
  2. AWheelerWell Known MemberMember

    Honestly, I wouldn't get fish just for the purpose of eating algae. It's easier to just clean it yourself.

  3. Ian AttawayValued MemberMember

    Well I plan on getting fish in the future anyways

  4. AWheelerWell Known MemberMember

    What kind of fish are you looking at getting? See if any of them will help out with eating algae :) Just be warned, even if they "eat" it, doesn't mean they will keep the tank free and clean of it.

  5. Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    Agree with APierce, you should never get a fish just because you have algae unless you have a lot.

    I suggest you get nerite snails and shrimps which will eat the algae
  6. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    How many gallons is your tank?
  7. MikeRad89Well Known MemberMember

    Nerite snails would be a good choice. 4-5 would be fine.

    Nice tank by the way.
  8. Ian AttawayValued MemberMember

    I definitely would like some forktail rainbow fish and some shrimp
  9. Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    What size tank?
  10. Ian AttawayValued MemberMember

    10 gallon
  11. Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    Yeah definitely can't do rainbows! Most of the algae eating fish also need at least a 20 gallon :)

    Your main options for controlling the algae is shrimps and snails

    Here is the list for fish able to live in a 10 gallon:Stocking List for 10 Gallons
  12. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    Your best approach would be identify what's causing the algae and fix it there. Decrease your lighting to 6-8 hours a day, ensure your tank doesn't get any direct sunlight, make sure there is sufficient water circulation, keep up with water changes and don't overfeed.
  13. chickenghostValued MemberMember

    amano shrimp should work, but they are very delicate. snails would be better.
  14. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

  15. Ian AttawayValued MemberMember

    Thank you
  16. aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

  17. Ian AttawayValued MemberMember

    What can I do about the algae in the mean time?
  18. Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    Algae is not a bad thing :)
  19. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    But diatoms are annoying..... I'd scrub it off with your hands. It's what I do.

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