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Old 03-23-2009, 11:36 AM   #1 
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Adding algae eater question

Hi all,

I've had my male Betta for over a month now and my 4 year old child really wants an algae eater in the tank, too. I would like to get one if it wouldn't pose a problem for Betta. I know that a plecostomus would get too big for my 5 gal tank, but would a smaller algae eater be okay?

Thanks so much,
Michelle
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:54 PM   #2 
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I have been reccomened to get a Pygmy Cory cat for my 5 gallon... Maybe that would work out for you? they stay small.
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:15 PM   #3 
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I think cories are schooling fish and you need more than one.
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:25 PM   #4 
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...? i don't really know. Its what someone on here told me to get...? i thought they were to, hence the reason i don't have one yet...
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:33 PM   #5 
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I think some people have just one but I think they do better in groups. Fishyinpa has 6. I don't know if she decided to add them to her betta's tank or not.
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Old 03-24-2009, 12:09 AM   #6 
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do they eat algae? because i was thinking about getting an algae eater of some sort...just didnt know if they were compatible.
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Old 03-24-2009, 12:58 AM   #7 
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Cories are not algae eaters. And they need to be in groups of 3+ (regular), and 6+ (pygmies). 6+ is the best for any.

To the OP: we need to know a tank size, filtration, heating, etc.
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:18 AM   #8 
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I didn't think they ate algae. I think they mostly clean up leftover food.
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Old 03-24-2009, 11:08 AM   #9 
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How about an otto cat or two? Be aware, sometimes because of the personality of the Betta it won't get along with any other fish.
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