What Fish That Eat Algae Can Live With My Male Betta? Question

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    Hi all!

    My tank has been having a lot of algae issues recently for whatever reason, and I was just wondering what kind of Algae eating fish could live peacefully with my betta? If there are any :)

    Thank you in advance!! :)
     
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    How many gallons is your tank?
     
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    10 gallons!
     
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    I wouldn't put any other actual fish in the tank with the betta, it's too small in my opinion.

    Some people might argue putting otocinclus in a tank like this, but I wouldn't recommend that either due to the sensitivity of those fish and the chances that they may not be interested in your algae. You can, however, do some snails, and that's when I will recommend nerite snails for algae, they can and will eat green algae as well as the brown diatomic algae too. I kept some of these guys at multiple points throughout the hobby and they did wonders on my tanks for the time that they lived, although my water is not supportive of their needs.
     
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    Thank you!! I’m going to look into getting one :) what do they need different than a betta tank wise??
     
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    The nerite snails? Ensure your water isn’t too soft or else you may need to add a source of calcium. They won’t commonly eat commercial fish food or algae wafers, it’s best to allow them to sustain themselves on pure algae and biofilm.
     
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