Mar 2, 2016 - The biggest issue with algae eaters is their uncertain compatibility with other fish within your aquarium
I have an amazon pufferfish (freshwater 20 gallon) that’s growing a lot of algae, had an albino Cory, that I think puff ended up killing, puff is about 2 inches long now, looking for someone familiar with these guys for thoughts on an algae eater
Algae eaters are a great addition in a freshwater tank to help control and reduce unsightly and potentially damaging algae prorogation. They come in a variety of species, including shrimps, snails and algae-consuming fish. Certain algae-eaters prefer certain types of algae, so with a mix of species you can ensure that all or most of the algae presence can be controlled.
6 Best freshwater fish that eat algae
Freshwater Fish That Eat Algae.
Algae can become a problem in both marine and freshwater aquariums. In this article, we will focus on a few algae eating fishes that can be kept in freshwater aquariums to help keep algae under control. The causes of algae in an aquarium can be widespread, e.g. too much light, too many plant nutrients, or certain deficiencies in water quality. Many enthusiasts have turned to freshwater algae eating fish to be a natural “cleaning crew” in helping keep algae from overtaking an otherwise beautiful tank.With their zebra-like shell and appetite, Nerite Snails are one of the most popular algae-eating snails. They are known for feeding on all algae types that grow in freshwater fish tanks including ones that are harder to get rid of such as Green beard Algae and Green Spot Algae.The Siamese Algae Eater is a freshwater fish on the carp family, that originates from mainland southeast Asia. Several similar species are sold in the aquarium trade as Siamese Algae Eater, particularly the red algae eater which is the perfect algae eating fish if you don’t like the look of Catfish.If you’re new to the whole aquarium/fish-owning business, you may have set up a freshwater tank with all the trimmings and just the right aquatic specimens but now you’re starting to see algae growth and wondering what to do about it. No worries. Spare yourself a lot of time and work and just get yourself an algae eater or two. Problem solved — for the most part. With that said, let’s look at one of the best ways to maintain a healthy balance in your aquarium’s ecosystem through the use of algae eating fish.A superb algae eater, amano shrimps have been a popular option in the aquarist trade for decades. They don’t really breed in freshwater, and enjoy planted aquariums where they can hide from larger fish that would prey on them. Very pacific, they reach about 3.5 to 5cm, and their translucent bodies are beautiful to look at. They will not only eat algae, but organic detritus and leftover food, particularly if you don’t feed them too much.A freshwater aquarium won’t produce enough algae to keep a grown suckerfish from starving. Your suckerfish is an omnivore who will scrounge around the tank for food left behind by other fish and may nibble on the live plants. Give him supplemental algae wafers or shrimp pellets. Provide fresh lettuce, cucumber, zucchini, broccoli, sweet potato, breadfruit and melon. To keep your suckerfish's fresh food from floating, attach it to a rock with a rubber band. Give your suckerfish supplemental food every evening. Remove leftovers each morning to keep the water from getting murky. As long as you find a little left in the morning, you can be assured that your suckerfish is getting enough to eat. Cut back if a lot remains each morning.