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hmmiller007 09-22-2006 07:25 AM

the care and feeding of algae eaters?
 
Hi, I'm a novice at freshwater fish. I had a golden-colored algae eater, but it died. I don't know if they need food or what happened. I thought they just ate the algae in the tank, but maybe it ate it all and starved, I don't know. I have a 10-gallon tank, with 3 cardinal tetras, a dalmation molly, and this pinkish fish with a black dot on it's tail that's the same size as the molly (but I forgot it's name). I'd like to get another algae eater, and maybe some guppies or other fish, but everytime I add new fish, they seem to die after a few months. The molly and pink fish are the only ones I've had stay alive.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Mostly I'm wondering about the algae eaters, if they need food or what.
Thanks!

Nick 09-22-2006 08:45 AM

Hi welcome to fishforum. Algea eaters are pretty basic eaters. The reason most of your fish died and your algea eaters is probably because of bad water stat's. have you cycled the tank?
Do you have a test kit to test for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate?
Algea eaters eat the algea of course. And at night time you should buy some algea wafers/discs/tabs whatever you want to tcall them. Just aobut every pet store has them. Those help with there diet. Also from occasion throw in some cucumber or zuccini. That vary's there diet...

Nick


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