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Algae eater recommendations
I'm having some trouble controlling the algae in a 10 gallon tank I have. The tank has a betta, 3 cory's, and 2 snails. The snails were meant to control the algae, but they aren't doing a very good job, if anything at all. The algae keeps getting pretty think on the sides of the aquarium. I've tried some algae treatment liquid, but I'd prefer to not use it, and it didn't really seem to work anyhow.
I have a medium sized plecostomus in my 30 gallon tank, it keeps it completely clean. So, I was thinking I'd try a very small pleco in the small tank, and just take it back to the pet store once it was too large, and get another small one. I'd just keep on doing that for a while, or something.
Are there any other good algae suckers that would be a good match for the 10 gallon tank? Maybe something that I could keep in there permanently?
From the pictures it looks to me like you have apple/mystery snails. I know people say they are good algae eaters but I will disagree. At least not with the ones I have. They prefer vegetables, fish food, bloodworms, etc. I would recommend nerite snails. But you may be getting a little overstocked once you start throwing snails in the mix...they can make a lot of waste. Others will also recommend malaysian trumpet snails but I wouldn't say they are the best algae eaters but they make great sand sifters and clean up extra food real well.
Also, you may be careful about putting chemical products in your tank that contain copper if you have snails. It's toxic to them.
If you decide to get nerites from my experience Horned Corona Nerites are the hardest workers at cleaning algae off rocks and decorations. Zebra Nerites are good at cleaning glass, and olive nerites will lightly clean a little of everything.
I do not recommend buying a fish for algae and then returning it; that is hard on the fish, but more to the point the algae will return if the cause is not removed. Snails will work but be careful not to increase the bioload too much.
As someone mentioned, never use algae removing chemicals. If they are strong enough to kill algae, they will most certainly harm the plants and fish. If they contain copper, that is a heavy metal that is highly toxic to all life and care must be exercised when adding copper remedies to a tank with fish.
What sort of algae is it? Some have specific causes, though all the green types increase in excess light.
Oh yeah of course..I forgot to say to keep your nitrates below 10ppm. As soon as they hit 10ppm you are welcoming a bloom.
It's green algae, the tank is pretty well lit. I'd really just like to get something that will eat up the algae for me. I'll definitely stop using the algae chemical.
I had a ten gallon for a couple years and I found the best combo for me was 2 oto's and a zebra snail, kept it shiny :) Just added an algea wafer here and there to keep everyone happy.
Here's a link to a thorough article on algae. Some of the "treatments" are questionable, by which I mean rather extreme and can cause other problems if you're not careful. I'm sure others as well as myself would offer advice on these when we know what you are battling.
Aquarium Algae ID (updated May6th '10 Surface Skum)
The "pretty well lit" issue is probably the source, light will cause algae to appear in the absence of live plants.
It occurs due to light, although obviously other issues are involved or I would have it in more than just one tank. It will not be a problem if you remove it and then keep it from coming back with a weekly clean of the glass.
No algae will harm fish; on plant leaves is the problem as it will kill the leaf and if it continues to spread the plant will die. Except for the green spot algae, most can be kept within reason by balancing the light and nutrients for the plants. Reducing light works if the other types get out of hand.
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