Does Every Tank Really Need An Algae Eater? | My Aquarium Club

Minimize the algae in your freshwater aquarium by including algae eaters in the population.
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In a community tank, they are best kept with fast-moving fish. Good tankmates are active, robust cyprinids, characids, or similar species that hang out in the upper regions of the aquarium. They also do well with African Cichlids. Introducing the Chinese Algae Eater to the community tank last will also help curb its impulses toward territorial aggressiveness.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to algae-eating solutions for an aquarium.
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Rubber-lipped plecos are fairly peaceful algae-eating fish, so generally they will not bother your goldfish. They also do well in water temperatures between 70F and 78F, so their temperature range is within that of most goldfish aquariums. This species eats primarily aglae, but you want to supplement with vegetables, like zucchini, and algae-based commercial foods (which can be purchased at your local pet store). With a varied diet of tank algae, vegetables and commercial foods, the pleco will most likely thrive without bothering your goldfish. The real Siamese algae eater is not destructive towards aquarium plants.
Photo provided by FlickrAs we saw in our previous post, the Emerald Crab was rated the #1 algae eater in a saltwater aquarium. I wanted to di...
Photo provided by FlickrIn order for it to be effective,there are a number of considerations when adding algae eaters to your goldfish aquarium.
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A common worry amongst is algae. Despite the fact that algae occurs all over the place in nature, its presence in our little slice of nature (the aquarium) can be quite troublesome for fish tank masters. While a little algae is to be expected in any environment that features water, light and readily available food (both leftover fish food and biological castoffs) too often can be a problem.The first algae eater is Plecostomus, more commonly known as the pleco. For most household aquariums, a full grown pleco () is probably much too large. The Bristle nose pleco usually grows to less than half of the aforementioned length (typically only 4-5”) and is a champ when it comes to eating algae.While there are a myriad of ways to combat the substance, some of the best weapons against algae are biological weapons: fish! To preserve the balance inside your aqueous habitat, make sure to pick the best algae eaters that are not overly aggressive and will not outgrow your aquarium.Next up in the cleaning squad is the . These shrimp get their name from their bright, cherry-red colored bodies. They are known throughout the aquarium world as being great cleaners and algae eaters. Unlike some species listed here, the Cherry Shrimp do not eat plants so you do not have to worry about them redecorating should they run out of algae! The diminutive algae connoisseur has a marked sensitivity to water conditions (especially copper) so make sure to keep an eye on the chemical makeup of your environment.They are known to keep the glass of aquariums free from gunk and can also eat algae off of most surfaces in a tank. They typically work at night so do not worry if you add one to your environment and do not see it working right away. Just make sure to check the morning after to see if “the cleaner,” the pleco, is doing its work.In general, most aquarists choose to keep this fish in heavily planted tanks where they will have plenty of places to hide, a large place to swim, and a lot of algae to eat. A vital element is the fact that this fish will jump out of the tank with any opportunity. This means having a permanent cover on your tank and make sure to have lighting the fish cannot touch and get burned.