9 Best Algae Eaters for Freshwater Aquariums - ClubFauna

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to algae-eating solutions for an aquarium.
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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.
In order for it to be effective,there are a number of considerations when adding algae eaters to your goldfish aquarium.
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Algae eater is a common name for many bottom-dwelling creatures that feed on algae such as shrimp or snails. If you have or think of owning a tank, aquarium or pond, you might want to take note of this article. Algae eaters have long been an integral part of the aquarium-keeping hobby for balancing the natural ecosystem we are all trying to replicate.
Photo provided by FlickrBelow are some of the varieties of algae eaters or bottom dwellers that suits best for your tropical 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.When I found out this edition of Pet Connection is super-hero themed, I was excited. I’m sure someone out there thinks, “How in the world are superheroes and fish connected?” Well, I’ll happily tell you all about the type of fish I consider to be the superheroes of the home aquarium: algae eaters! Superheroes o often prevent problems from occurring before the civilians notice there’s anything amiss. Algae eaters (some kinds of fish, snails, and shrimp) are able to prevent tank issues by maintaining a healthy environment for all tank inhabitants.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.Finally, consider the Siamese Algae eater, or SAE. These are relatively rare in the aquarium world so understand if you want to go with this solution, it may take some time and effort (not to mention money) to bring them home. Another knock against them is the fact that their appetite decreases as they age, while their tendency to be aggressive increases. While growing to a maximum size of between 5 and 6 inches long, they will make a good addition to most home aquariums. What sets them apart is their appetite for hair algae, red algae, and black beard algae, three varieties that other algae eaters tend to avoid like the plague.