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    Default Best Algae Eater for a 26 Gallon Tank??

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    What us the best algae eater to get for a 26 gallon/100 liter tank? Fish, invertebrates, anything small enough that will eat algae.

    The algae is mostly common green algae if that helps.


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    It would be better to find the reason you are having algae issues and deal with them instead of buying a fish to deal with them for you. With that being said, I think a few otocinclus would be your best choice of fish in that size tank.
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    Bristlenose pleco would be a good one imo.


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    Green algae usually means you've got too much nitrate or not enough phosphate. Adjusting that would help.

    Alternatively, ancistrus eat a lot of algae and are easy to keep.

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    Amano shrimp are pretty effective too

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    Cherry shrimp- cheap and adorable. Just make sure the tank mates aren't going to eat them.
    20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!

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    But not any use with algae

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    Quote Originally Posted by talldutchie View Post
    But not any use with algae
    Cherry shrimp? It looked very much like they were eating the algae in my tank, but I suppose they could have been eating biofilm.
    20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!

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    Either that or debris caught in it.

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    Otos wuld be my fish of choice, as long as you have calm companions and also sufficient algae!
    The first time I kept otos sadly I didn't realise I did not have sufficient algae to keep them going. I was told I needed 6 so dutifully bought a group, they were great for a few weeks, the tank was sparkling clean then they started dying. I quickly worked out they were not getting enough food, not competitive against the other fish for extras, not enough algae and in the end I did lose them all :(
    I've now waited almost 6 months. I don't have much algae - just a little bit of green dusting on slow growing plants nearer the lights and the back wall of the tank. I now have two tanks so when they are both a bit greener (if!), then I will rotate some otos between them.
    55g planted: 10x adult guppies, 9x kuhli loaches, 7x black neons, 2x neons, 6x Amano shrimp, assassin snails & cherry shrimp

    10g planted: Occasional platies & black devil trumpet snail

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