View Full Version : Safe Algae Killers?
01-12-2008, 03:00 PM
Okay, so one of my oto's that I stuck in the betta tank died a few days ago. That leaves one lone oto in the tank and I dont like that. So i'm planning on sticking him in the 20 gallon with the other 2. So that leaves some algae in the tank thats not going to be eaten and it'll probably end up taking over the tank.
So my question-- Is there any algae killers out there that won't mess up the cycle and is safe for my betta? I haven't used any before and really don't know a lot about them.
01-13-2008, 07:59 PM
01-13-2008, 09:16 PM
Only thing I can think of that a Betta will tolerate are some pretty algae eating snails...if you have live plants or afraid of a snail plague get the Algae Eating Olive Nerite Snail - they don't eat plants and will not reproduce in freshwater but are big Algae eaters
As far as I know there arent really any safe chemical algea killers. I prefer not to use them. If I dont have an algea eater in the tank I scrub it myself.
01-14-2008, 04:52 AM
I have heard that algone (http://www.algone.com/) is very good at keeping algae out of a tank and as far as I know it's safe as long as you don't have live plants. It's just a packet that you put in your filter somewhere and it has some media in it.
01-14-2008, 11:26 AM
You can get a Clown Pleco. Also ramshorns take care of algae pretty good but be ready for babys!!!
01-14-2008, 11:34 AM
I would go with Snails as in Mystery or Ramshorn, or a bristlnose or any other small Pleco and posibly a small cori. But I wouldnt use any Chemicals as I dont like them, the only other way is to clean it yourself. I have herd that Algone is good for those who wish to use it.
01-15-2008, 03:40 PM
Bristlenose plecos are a great choice ive heard!
01-15-2008, 06:09 PM
That would be nice, but its only a 5 gal. I think i'll stick with the algae drops.
01-25-2008, 11:29 PM
01-26-2008, 12:30 AM
There are alot of algae eating shrimp. Rubberlip pleco's work great as well, they don't get very big 4-5 inches max are not poop machines and do an excelent job on algae. I have them in all my tanks and they get along well with all my africans and my comunity tanks.
01-27-2008, 01:57 PM
Chemicals: BAD No Chemicals.
Get a pleco slightly larger than the beta. He'll clean a 5g tank up overnight. But beware, in about a month you'll have to put him in something larger and then larger and then larger, I don't think those things ever stop growing.
But hey 5g?? What does it take 10 minutes to scrub the whole tank?
Keep it out of the sun, that will help.
01-27-2008, 02:21 PM
Do not get a Chinese Algae Eater. They are useless.
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