Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: New-Brunswick, Canada
Well, Chinese Algae Eaters will snack on algae when they're little, but as they mature, it's not really a huge part of their diet... I mostly got them to add movement to the tank. I got them some bottom feeder pellets and I drop half of one in there every day. :)
I've had the tank running for only about a week or two... So there's not much algae in there now, so I couldn't tell you if they're any good at "cleaning up". I'm pretty sure "algae eater" is a misnomer for these guys (you can check their profile, if you like)... A plaeco would do a better job, but like I said, a 10 gal is too small for them. They're body only grows into their environment, but their insides don't stop growing... So putting them in there would eventually be killing them slowly. That's what I was told, anyway...
You could always look into getting one or two of these for the movement you like and get them some pellets like I did and if they're horrible housekeepers, look into getting a snail once the algae shows up?