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    I'm looking for some fish for a 10 gallon with a powder blue dwarf gourami that works as hard as Oto cats do at cleaning the tank. I love oto cats but since we already have some in our 20 gallon and I'd like something different that will help keep our 10 gallon clean.

    We are considering Panda Cory's but they look more like bottom feeders than anything so I'm not sure if they would do anything for algae on glass or other surfaces.

    Any suggestions? Thanks!

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    Panda Cories do not eat algae. You could try a large snail, like a mystery snail, but usually otos are the only choice for smaller tanks.

    In a ten gallon, I would just get a algae scrapper and pass on algae eating fish.

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    A snail is a great idea. We have one in our 20 gallon with our other gourami and otos, maybe I'll just move that snail to the 10 gallon and supplement with our algae scraper.

    Thanks!

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    Parotocinclus cats - mini plecos around the same size as otos, if you can find them. :) Although, it sounds as if they like to live in groups, so a snail is a pretty good idea, particularly for a small tank.
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    We went ahead and just moved the snail from our 20gallon, there's a lot more food for him in our 10 without the ottos going crazy on anything green

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    That'll work, but otos don't eat plants unless they have no other food.
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