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Old 05-01-2010, 12:14 AM   #1 
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algea eaters

i noticed that i have a algea problem in my 10 gallon tank. any suggestions as to good algea eating friends would be awesome.
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Old 05-01-2010, 12:21 AM   #2 
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What kind of algae and what are your conditions (water parameters, types of fish)?

If you have a friendly community tank, I recommend otocinclus catfish for a brown algae problem. It depends on how much space you have in your tank. These guys max out at about 1.5 inches. I have a 135 gallon tank. It only takes 3 of these guys to keep it algae controlled. They're much better than plecos, which are lazy by comparison. It's important to do your homework before buying these guys. They can be sensitive and die on you if you don't know how to shop for them. There are several articles online to help.
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Old 05-01-2010, 01:10 PM   #3 
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my 10 gallon only has one fish. my crowntail betta, Tough Guy. I dont know if the algae is green or brown I will have too look in to that.
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Old 05-02-2010, 03:53 PM   #4 
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Cherry or Amano Shrimp (they eat algae).
Or, the BEST algae eater (from what I've read, and in my own personal experience) Nerite Snail.

I have 1 in my 10 gallon, and he can't quite keep up with the algae. I would suggest 2 or 3.
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Old 05-02-2010, 11:25 PM   #5 
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do you have a beta in the ten gallon too?
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Old 05-03-2010, 02:10 AM   #6 
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sure do :)
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:48 PM   #7 
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I have 2 fresh water snails in each tank, they eat algae and sometimes if a fish dies it will eat the body over time. You usually can't find them in pet stores so I ordered them From a Fish and snail hatchery in South carolina, I would suggest getting a few. :)
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