American Flagfish. They even eat hair algae. And they are pretty
Arrived alive and in good condition. They do nibble on black algae but they'll eat cucumbers, zucchini and fish food as well.
Rosy Barbs and American Flag Fish are a couple of the showy tropical algae eaters. The male Rosy barb has a brilliant metallic sheen that shimmers from red to gold to green as it darts through the water. The female is more subdued but still has wonderful green gold hues. The American Flag Fish has a stunning red and blue striped pattern for which it is named. Each of these varieties will eat most green and brown algae – though the barbs will start grazing on your plants if enough algae is not present.
Many freshwater tropical fish are great algae eaters in their own rite. Livebearers including Black Mollies, Fancy Guppies, Platys and swordtails eat string algae and sometimes white beard algae. Guppies and Endler’s Livebearers also do a number on the green algae in a tank. With their prolific breeding habits these little guys will have their fry invading every possible algae hideout. Another great tropical algae eater is the Siamese Algae Eater -- how could it not be with a name like that. This cigar shaped fish sports a black horizontal stripe down the length of its body and readily consumes green, brown, red, white and even the dreaded black fuzz algae. This all purpose cleaner is a must have for 55 gallon and larger tanks. The Siamese algae eaters grow to about six inches and like to shoal in group of three or more so smaller tanks aren’t a good fit (although having just one in a 29 gallon tank has worked for me in the past).
Will the bigger fish eat the algae eaters?
What kind of algae eater can I get to go with my son’s goldfish
Algae grows in small ponds for of a number of reasons. When the pond is exposed to lots of sunlight, or there are high levels of nitrate in the water, algae will grow. Hot and humid weather will also usher in algae growth, especially when the water if stagnant without any filter. If there are any decaying leaves in the pond, or if there is a lack of aquatic plants, algae can thrive as well. One way to keep algae under control is through introducing algae-eating pond fish into your pond.These fish can reach lengths of up to six to eight inches and work well with other fish. They will eat a wide variety of different algae from clumps to single strands, and they will not eat other aquatic plants. Unlike pond snails, they are sensitive to temperature and must be kept in waters that are around 70 degrees Fahrenheit or above.While this animal is not really a fish, they do a great job at eating built-up algae. They are also quite hearty and can withstand temperatures close to freezing. When the amount of algae in the pond gets high, these snails will immediately set to work on it.A medium-sized fish, the Flying Fox is well-mannered when it comes to getting along with different species, but this fish has also been known to chase around its own species. They will eat large clumps of algae as it is forming to keep your pond fresh and clear. They are a warm weather pond fish that like their water above 70 degrees Fahrenheit.