Algae Eaters and Plecos for Small Freshwater Aquariums - Reticulated Hillstream Sucker (Sewellia lineolata)
Hello e, That would depend on what type of Ivy it is for starters…some can be toxic to aquatic animals. In general though, there are really no algae-eaters that do well in an unfiltered, unheated vase. You could try a snail like the freshwater Nerites in this blog or a few of the small nuisance snails common in freshwater planted aquariums (ask any friends with freshwater planted tanks or check with your local fish stores that have freshwater plants…they will likely have a few to spare for you).
The freshwater invertebrates most often kept in miniature aquaria are the small algae-eating shrimps. Cherry shrimps, bumblebee shrimps, and crystal red shrimps are a few examples of the pretty little shrimps available to the aquarist. Most shrimps are gregarious, but some will also breed readily if properly maintained. If you look after your shrimps, it is entirely possible you’ll soon have quite a sizeable population of the things in your aquarium! Because shrimps are brightly coloured and very active, they’re fun animals to watch. Feel free to mix different varieties: they all seem to get along nicely. Different species are red, orange, blue and all sorts of other colours, so there’s plenty of scope for creating a busy little ‘freshwater nano reef tank’.
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Freshwater Aquariums: Small Scale Success: Stocking ..
It's a good idea to have in mind what kind of freshwater aquarium fish you want to keep in your freshwater aquarium setup before you purchase an aquarium. Some fish only grow to be an inch or two, whereas other types of tropical fish can grow 12 or 13 inches or more in length! Knowing what kind of fish you want will help you decide the size of the tank they will need. If this is your first time with an aquarium, it may be a good idea to start with a 10 or 20 gallon aquarium setup for now and stock it with some smaller and hardier species.Let’s just face it: small things are cute and tiny things are even cuter. This list encompasses my favorite 11 nano species for freshwater tanks. None of the fish on the list require a tank larger than 10 gallons and majority of them can live happily in even 5 gallons. It is important to house tiny fish with other tiny fish. The majority of the species on this list are shy, timid, and very peaceful. They can easily be out-competed for food and stressed out if placed in aquarium with larger, more boisterous tankmates. Nearly every fish on this list could live happily together in a 10 to 20 gallon aquarium except one, the pea puffer. Pea puffers can be nasty little buggers and would be best suited in a tank all on their own.Almost any size aquarium is suitable for freshwater fish. However, the smaller the aquarium, the smaller and fewer number of fish you can keep. Many beginners start with a 10 gallon aquarium, but as with saltwater aquariums, bigger is better. A larger freshwater ecosystem can better handle the daily fluctuations in water quality than a small ecosystem, absorbing more toxins and reducing stress on the fish. Before buying your aquarium, take into account the adult size of the fish you are going to purchase and this general rule: one inch of fish body (not including fins) per one gallon of water in the aquarium.Unlike other freshwater fish, sharks do not react to other tank mates, instead; they react to the physical environment. This could take a few weeks or more, depending on the plants and decorations in the tank. Although they are quite active, it does take a new shark a substantially longer time to become comfortable in its new environment than most other fish, and a pet owner may not see their shark for quite a long time. Once a shark has become comfortable it will claim a territory and generally stay in this area. If the tank is small, the fish may try to claim the entire aquarium and become aggressive or, at the least, start fin nipping. If you are planning to keep a shark in a smaller aquarium (under 55 gallons) it should be kept with fast swimming fish and fish without long fins.