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Old 07-14-2009, 10:12 AM   #1 
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Betta's, Frogs, Algae eaters

I don't know if this has been posted somewhere already, but I was wondering if there was some some type of algae eater fish or something that eats primarily algae I could put in my 20g long to help control the algae population. It has a Betta, 3 Jumbo Tetras and 3 Corys. I was hoping for something that might also get along with ADF's (I have them in a separate 10g tank-just thinking for future reference).

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Old 07-14-2009, 10:29 AM   #2 
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Otos are great algae eaters. They, like corys, need to be kept together. You can also go for a bristlenose pleco. They're both peaceful and will keep your algae problem under control.
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Careful, both otos and plecos can get too big for a 20 gallon tank. Go out and buy some Algae killer chemicals instead, most are totally healthy for fish and plants. If you really wasnt something natural to do it then buy a snail
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Maybe I will get a snail if the algae eater fishes don't work for my tank. my corys love skimming/licking every surface of my tank and decorations, but they don't see that they are just not algae fish even if they do try to help. LOL.

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Old 07-14-2009, 04:34 PM   #5 
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Otos work great. They don't get big like plecos, so they are good in smaller tanks. I wouldn't get any less then 3. They are cute and interesting little characters!
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Old 07-14-2009, 04:43 PM   #6 
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Careful, both otos and plecos can get too big for a 20 gallon tank. Go out and buy some Algae killer chemicals instead, most are totally healthy for fish and plants. If you really wasnt something natural to do it then buy a snail
I've never seen an otto get larger than 3cm, and bristle nose pleco's get 5-6 inches, both are perfectly suitable for a 20 long, it would be pushing stocking limits though, but if you stay in top of water changes should be fine.
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I just would like 1-2 not too many. I have plenty of room in my tank, but yea I'd LIKE to give my fish extra swimming space. I'll look 'em up :)

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Yeah otos never get bigger than 2 inches and if you got an albino bristle they get about 3 inches...so they would be fine, they're just high waste where otos are not.
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Also, sorry for double post, be very careful with snails you might start with one but end up with hundreds, most can breed asexually. There is one kind that breeds in brakish water only, but can live in fresh water but I can't remember which one.
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I heard mystery snails are not asexual, but I know some of them can get big, like the apple snail (like golf ball sized), which they can get confused with. I dunno whether I'd want a bigger snail, but I think a lot of people would find it neat when they look in a tank and see a big snail. A bristlenose would be a different interesting fish too, although I admit to me their face is one that isn't the most attractive, lol.
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