07-14-2010, 12:25 AM
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Originally Posted by PRichs87
Does anything eat diatoms?
Yes, most fish described as "algae eating" will eat diatoms and common green algae. It is the more difficult algae that are difficult, brush, hair, etc. But, these fish often have side effects that may be undesirable (some get large, some become very aggressive), not to mention the fact that they add to the tank's bioload.
However, I do not recommend fish for solely eating algae unless you like and want that fish in your aquarium. For instance, I have three Farlowella in my 90g and they are one of the most thorough algae-eating fish (diatoms and green), but I acquired them solely because I like them. They are weaned onto prepared foods now because there is no where near enough algae for them to live on. I would never buy a fish to do this sort of task, I would find the cause and deal with that.
I assume this is still the same tank, from a month ago?