Small cleaner 4 goldfish tank?

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Hi guys, i was just wondering if there are any small catfish that would help cleanup the algea in my 10 gallon coldwater tank(which is not heated). This tank houses 2 sml goldfish and 4 zebra danios.
 

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I'm not a goldfish expert by any means, but it was my understanding that they like the tank water colder then tropical fish do. How are the danios holding up? Also they product 3x as much waste which a lot of tropical fish don't care for either. Not saying that it's not possible, just curious really. As to cleaning up algae you would need to go with oto's for a 10gal tank as with the fish load you have you are already at max load, but if you want to push it oto's are the smallest of the algae eaters. They are picky about water quality though and might not hold up against the strain that the goldfish put on the tank. Again I'm not an expert, but that's just my 2 cents.
 
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Yea, i wasn't sure either. I'm not an expert on catfish and was just wondering if there was breed of catfish that would be happy in colder water(and help clean pesky algea!!). As I said before my goldfish are very small as they are a different type! Also they are more timid then your average "gobble-everything-up-before-anything-else-can" type of goldfish! The danios are doing fine as they can tolerate very cold water and are actually in the coldwater section of my lfs. Today i went for a visit to my lfs and saw a catfish advertised as "coldwater catfish" i asked one of the staff and they said they are more inclined to eat food that is lying on the gravel then suck on the algea. I purchased to of them as my goldfish leave alot of food lying on the floor. They seem to be doing quite well.
Thanx for your help!
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Any idea of which type it is? Just wondering because several catfish can end up getting quite large.
 
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I'm not sure, i am trying to lure them out of their hiding spots with.....you guessed it! Food. To try and get a photo of them with my digital camera and put it on this website to see if anyone can identify them. Though i'm not to sure how to do it. Anyway the fish look like a tadpole crossed with a bristlenose. As they have quite a large head with whiskers/bristles, and have a long tadpole tail (kind of like the one of an eel). They are about an inch and a half long.
Any ideas? ???
Thanx for your help Luniyn!
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There is a thread around here that has a photo of one that is like what you are discribing... but of course I can't for the life of me find it now. In any event, check out and see if you can come up with anything (there are just sooooo many catfish). Any more distinguishing markings on them? All one color, spots, stripes, etc.?
 

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Farawella cats will do well in a coldwater tank and they are pretty neat to look at. The do minimal algae cleaning, but will still do some. Maybe give them a try
 
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