Need Fish To Eat Algae

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

  1. Ian Attaway

    Ian Attaway Valued Member Member

    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. APierce

    APierce Well Known Member Member

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

    Ian Attaway Valued Member Member

    Well I plan on getting fish in the future anyways
     




  4. APierce

    APierce Well Known Member Member

    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. Al913

    Al913 Fishlore VIP Member

    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. MattS99

    MattS99 Well Known Member Member

    How many gallons is your tank?
     
  7. MikeRad89

    MikeRad89 Well Known Member Member

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

    Nice tank by the way.
     
  8. OP
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    Ian Attaway

    Ian Attaway Valued Member Member

    I definitely would like some forktail rainbow fish and some shrimp
     
  9. Al913

    Al913 Fishlore VIP Member

    What size tank?
     
  10. OP
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    Ian Attaway

    Ian Attaway Valued Member Member

    10 gallon
     
  11. Al913

    Al913 Fishlore VIP Member

    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. el337

    el337 Fishlore Legend Member

    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. c

    chickenghost Valued Member Member

    amano shrimp should work, but they are very delicate. snails would be better.
     
  14. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    Amano shrimp or nerite snails. I have 4 amanos in my 10, you just need the tank to be established first.
     
  15. OP
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    Ian Attaway

    Ian Attaway Valued Member Member

    Thank you
     
  16. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeper Fishlore VIP Member

    Yeah, with this size tank, I rather do nerites or amanos.
     
  17. OP
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    Ian Attaway

    Ian Attaway Valued Member Member

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    What can I do about the algae in the mean time?
     
  18. Al913

    Al913 Fishlore VIP Member

    Algae is not a bad thing :)
     
  19. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

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




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