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Old 03-05-2013, 06:52 PM   #1 
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algae cleaners

I visit petco and petsmart today but all i could find was assasin and mystery snails.
also bamboo (most likely not what i need) and ghoast shrimp.

what i really need is something that can clean the danged algae off of my plants and hard to get places on my tank
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:08 PM   #2 
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I just remove algae each week by hand. I bought a sponge-on-a-stick style cleaner and just remove it that way. I had tried to home an apple snail with my boy but he was too aggressive and tried to kill the poor thing. Unfortunately, it must have been ill when I bought it because it died about a week and a half later in its own two-gallon tank. I had tried everything to save it but nothing helped... I am still so sad about it. I love snails.

*ahem* Back on topic though, it may not be possible to simply have another fish serve as an algae cleaner. It will have its own bioload, personality, and diet to consider.
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:29 PM   #3 
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It depends largely on two things. Your betta's temperament and your tank size.
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:31 PM   #4 
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My betta shares a tank with a zebra nerite snail and they get along just fine. I got my snail at Petco- I'm surprised the one near you doesn't have them. Before I had the snail, I would just clean the tank with a clean scouring pad.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:42 AM   #5 
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Our apple snails kept crawling up the tank and then hurling themselves at the fish, or so it seemed, JBL Algol doesn't contain copper and should be fine for your tank
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:41 AM   #6 
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NERITE SNAILS!! They're very good cleaners. None of the Petcos/Petsmarts in the area had them so I had to call a few pet stores/lfs to find some but I was able to. And then all of a sudden a month later my Petco had a ton of them.
My bettas don't mind them at all. I got a Mystery snail once and Fishie tried to kill it. But nerites don't come out of their shells very far so to a betta they just kind of look like gliding rocks.
Or if you have a larger tank you can have 3 or 4 Otos.

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Old 03-07-2013, 05:26 PM   #7 
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How big is the tank? If its at least 10 gallons, a bristlenose pleco is suposed to do wonders for eating algae.

If not, snails or an algae scrubber on a stick. Just make sure the one you get is for your kind of tank - glass or acrylic.
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