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Old 07-12-2013, 04:09 PM   #1 
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Small algea eater?

What is a betta (sorority) compatible type of algae eater that actually EATS the algae? I have a bristlenose, but it just doesn't seem to keep up. It goes NUTS on cucumber slices, can eat a whole slice in a day. But does not seem so good at surfaces with algae!

I'd ideally like something small that doesn't mind being a loner, as AA says the tank is near capacity. It's a 36G bowfront.

I'm not interested in shrimp - with 12 bettas, I feel it would only be a matter of time till they became snacks.
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Old 07-12-2013, 05:05 PM   #2 
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Wait, what else do you have in that tank? Is it just the girls or do you have another schooling fish because there's no way that 12 girls would take up a whole 36.

Anyway you might be able to squeeze a trio of otocinclus in there or you can just get one or two Nerite Snails as long as you have a tight fitting lid, they won't escape and they can't breed in freshwater. But there isn't much in the fish variety that would be loners and are compatible.
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Old 07-12-2013, 05:15 PM   #3 
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Amano shrimp eat all types of algae.

True Siamese algae eaters eat all kind of algae - if you traded your bristlenose for it, it's be about the same difference. That size tank, only one SAE is recommended anyway.
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What kind of algae is it? Otocinclus generally only eat soft green algae/diatoms. If it's something like BBA they won't touch it. A small group of otocinclus may be suitable, provided you can supply them with enough food and your bettas don't bother them.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:44 AM   #5 
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Looks like hair algae is attracted to my plants, and some green algae on the sides.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:48 AM   #6 
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How long are your lights on each day? My 46g kept getting hair alga & BBA, I put the lights at 8 hrs only, I also have a variety of snails (nerites, pond, MTS) & so far the algae is gone. I also don't fertilize very often with liquid ferts, I don't know if there's a connection but there seems to be.
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:31 PM   #7 
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8 hours for the day lights...but they are on from 3-11 PM, so the tank does get some dim filtered outside light other than that. I'll cut an hour or two off the bright lights and see if that helps.
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Nerite snails were recommended to me here, I think you should get a few for your tank.
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