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Abbeys_Mom
03-22-2007, 04:54 PM
I have upgraded my Daughter's Betta to his own 2.5g tank. Since it is going to be a planted tank (barely) I thought a clean up crew was in order. I would get an Apple snail, but it would outgrow tank and I don't want one in my 10g. Would a few Otto cats (3 max) be a good choice, or is there a better option?

Chrona
03-22-2007, 04:57 PM
Olive nerite snails perhaps? They can't breed in freshwater.

Abbeys_Mom
03-22-2007, 06:04 PM
I have now where to get that breed of snail. No store's here carry them.

jeffs99dime
03-22-2007, 07:02 PM
I have now where to get that breed of snail. No store's here carry them.

you could try online

Nautilus291
03-22-2007, 08:01 PM
as long as your tank is heated I would go with the otocats. They are amazing fish and do a number on algae.

Abbeys_Mom
03-22-2007, 08:25 PM
My tank is at 82F, no heater, just a light.

cocoa_pleco
03-22-2007, 08:30 PM
as long as your tank is heated I would go with the ottocats. They are amazing fish and do a number on algae.


As far as i think they are pointless. I added 3 to my 10g and 3 to my 20g, and they do nothing.

Abbeys_Mom
03-22-2007, 08:32 PM
Maybe some ghost shrimp would work better...

cocoa_pleco
03-22-2007, 08:38 PM
ghost shrimp dont clean algae well wither. All 10 of mine attack flakes only.

Abbeys_Mom
03-22-2007, 08:48 PM
Can Otto's be kept on their own? I think 2.5g might be too small for more then one, even then, I'll have to move it when it is older.

Rue
03-22-2007, 09:30 PM
Well...I have one left alive...from the 6 I started with...and it seems fine...but they are a schooling fish...

Why don't you see if you can find 3 pygmy cories? They'll be fine...

Abbeys_Mom
03-22-2007, 09:52 PM
How are cories with algae?

Chrona
03-22-2007, 09:59 PM
Really the best solution for overall tank cleaning are shrimp, as they take care of detritus and eat algae. Ghost shrimp are too small and liable to get eaten, but amano shrimp would work pretty well I think.

Rue
03-22-2007, 10:08 PM
...corys don't do algae...

...but you can look after it...it's not that big a deal in a little tank...

Abbeys_Mom
03-22-2007, 11:24 PM
Hmm. Maybe I'll look into amano shrimp. Algae on the glass is not problem, it's when the plants get algae on them, between the leaves and such.

cocoa_pleco
03-23-2007, 01:47 AM
I have one in the 10g with clouds, betta, and tetras and its fine

Betta_noob
03-23-2007, 03:30 PM
Honestly if you put anything else in there besides the betta you will be over stocked.
If you follow the inch of fish per gallon rule you're full with the betta at 2 inches adult size 3 ottos would mean you need at least 8 gallons...
Just my personal opinion.

Drumachine09
03-23-2007, 04:00 PM
Honestly if you put anything else in there besides the betta you will be over stocked.
If you follow the inch of fish per gallon rule you're full with the betta at 2 inches adult size 3 ottos would mean you need at least 8 gallons...
Just my personal opinion.


Just spreading the word that the inch-per-gallon rule is totally wrong. The size of your tank is only one variable that tells you roughly how many fish you can stock. You also need to worry about footprint, filtration, water quality, frequency of water changes, and probobly several other things. Her tank (i assume) is probobly well mantained, so i would say go for it.

J5589
04-24-2007, 12:39 AM
I think the tank is too small for the Betta and the Otos. Honestly I think the tank is too small for just the Betta. I had mine in a 2g then I moved it into a 5g. It seemed so much happier and active. He really thrives in his tank now. Are you planing on putting plants in? They really like them. Make sure they cant rip their fins on them. Most smaller tanks seem to come with a UGF. I wound get a small in tank filter too.

SkarloeysMom
04-24-2007, 03:42 AM
I've had my Betta for over a year now in a 2.5 and he's gotten HUGE. Don't know how big your Betta is now but he'll probably be plenty by himself for a 2.5g tank. I had 2 ottos in my 5g and one died after about 6 months and the other lived on his own for about another 6 months before he died. I've read they do best in groups of least 3 so probably too much for a 2.5 with a Betta already. I've also read that ottos not the easiest fish to keep. I also thought that they didn't do much cleaning either.

cocoa_pleco
04-24-2007, 01:11 PM
my ottos were USELESS.

They did squat for my algae and they just got caught up in my filter intakes

J5589
04-24-2007, 02:54 PM
After seeing the way my Betta changed I would never keep one in less then 5g.

I have otos, never had algae, I just wanted a sucker fish.

cocoa_pleco
04-24-2007, 08:43 PM
one of my bettas enjoys the 2.5g, and the other likes the 20g. The one in the 20g acts like a regular fish. It will go to the top, then go ALL the way to the bottom, and play around. In a 5g, a fish cant do that.

Tails
04-25-2007, 07:12 AM
A bristlenose ancisterus should do fine on your algae and be ok with the Betta :) And keeping one or two should be fine for your tank :) They're um....butt ugly, but apparently they're good :)

I'm looking into getting one for my Betta tank (oto's are too seasonal here in SA, and no one has any :( ) They're also not so hard on plants as other algae eaters :)

http://www.aquahobby.com/gallery/e_bristle.php

J5589
04-25-2007, 08:45 PM
I don't think a full grown Bristlenose Pleco can live happily in a 10g.