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hollie 07-14-2007 11:24 PM

Best algae eater?
I've got algae in my male guppy's tank, and it seems to be spreading quickly. What's the best fish to buy that will clear it up, and will get along with my guppies in a smallish tank? I can move it to a bigger tank after the algae's gone...

fish_4_all 07-14-2007 11:29 PM

Otocinclus, aka Otos are oyu best bet as they will stay small and 3-5 of them will eat a lot of algae. If you don't want another fish, amano shrimp or cherry red shrimp will eat a lof of algae also.

herefishy 07-14-2007 11:33 PM

Oto's, oto's, oto's or maybe flying foxes.

leifthebunny 07-14-2007 11:47 PM

Otos and farlowella catfish, snails or caridina family shrimp.

hollie 07-15-2007 12:46 AM

I'm going to have to take this list to my fish shop, to see if they can get any of them! I haven't seen any of them here before, and I've been told that they just don't import otos at all.... hrmph >.<

Will let you know of progress!

Lupin 07-15-2007 01:28 AM


Originally Posted by leifthebunny
farlowella catfish

For the 8 gallons tank?:shock:

Hollie, what is the size of the bigger tank?

hollie 07-15-2007 07:15 AM

The biggest one is 8g.

soco1125 07-15-2007 12:10 PM

definitely otos or cherry shrimp for an 8g tank. neither adds much bioload, but both are sensitive to water conditions.

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