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  1. Default Is there a dwarf algae eater??


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    Hi
    Have my Betta, Turbo, alone in his 5.5 gal tank. Water perimeters are perfect and I do wkly 50% W/C. Starting to get a bit of an algae problem. Not a biggie. It's easy to clean and not all that fast growing so I don't mind keeping up with it myself but it seems to be a waste to not have some critter benefiting from the algae.

    Have tried mystery snails but they die in the tank - general consensus is there may be some left over copper in the silicone from when the tank was used as a QT and I treated for Ick.

    So I've been wondering if there is any species of mini algae eater I could add to the tank. I know it would have to be a dwarf as the 5.5 is a small tank.

    Just thought I'd check in case someone had a suggestion that might work. Always looking to make a good home for another fishie.
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
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    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
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    If your just referring to things that eat algae, shrimp might work. I'd reccomend an otocinculus if it wasn't for your tank size.

    Other than that I can't think of anything that would fit in a 5.5 gal beside snails, which you said didn't work in your tank.
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    Buy a copper test to make sure but the only thing that i can think is shrimp. BUT you could oook at other ways to rid u of algea. Try water changes, like 2 gallons a week. Then try a different light try something in the cool white or warm white. Below the 6500k range. If you can do this the algea will stop growing. If you have plants then changing the light is a no go. But try other ppants to soak up nutrients
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    thanks everyone
    I do weekly w/c of at least 2 - 2 1/2 gal already so I don't think that will help. have some plants but low light.
    The algae really isn't a big problem - I was just checking to see if there was a possibility of a mini algae eater. Figured there was no such animal but there is so much I'm still learning.

    I'll get the copper test kit, though, and see if that's really my issue. If it is copper and it's killing the snails, I assume that shrimp would also die, right?
    Want to avoid that if possible.

    If it is copper, then once I have a little more time, I'll see what I can do to get the last of it out of there.
    thanks again!
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
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    Merry Christmas! - Lab_Rat thank you for the birthday wishes - mommy1 Happy One Year AC Anniversary! - Rue For being understanding, thank you - Cliff (closest I could find to a catfish) Thanks for the nomination! - sheamurai 
    Thank you for the MOTM nomination - mommy1 I think you deserve a random gift. Yes, I think you do. - PhillipOrigami For being a fellow MA native! - Lolita Happy Birthday to you. - jeffs99dime Merry Christmas - Cliff 
    It's a Christmas Bunny, Merry Christmas. - gadget228 I've not seen anyone with an umbrella here. You seem to have an odd collection of gifts...so here's my contribution. :-) - ~firefly~ "genocidex;1139790]stupid question... but would i be able to use lawn clovers in a tank?  lol"  REALLY - Strider199 crayfish! - Brhino thanks for sharing - sheamurai 
    For filling out my school! :) - Flyby Stardancer silly rabbit... - sheamurai They say one of these a day keeps doctors away.... - Trillianne Day Two... - Trillianne Thanks for the frogbit very much :) - Greentoads41 
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    If theres copper in your tank and not in ur tap then there must be something in your tank that is qdding copper. If you have some moss in there then shrimp would love it. The betta might eat them but if theres enough cover some should survive.
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    I wonder if i plant one of my tiger barbs would the demon seed grow to a full tree?
    gotta love them bunnies!
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    thanks again!
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    Have you tried a chemical (carbon) filter to get rid of the copper? I know most people just toss the carbon filters from the get-go, but if you have chemicals in your water, it's the easiest way to purify it... plus it won't effect your bio filter. You could use it for a week or so and probably just toss it if you'd prefer not to use it. Or, just let it roll for a few months until it's worthless and then toss it.
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    I did add a new carbon filter cartridge but haven't checked for copper since. That's next up on my 'to do' list.
    Thanks!
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    You could try some of the algae eating snails

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomtgael
    You could try some of the algae eating snails
    Since she has copper in the tank, that's not the wisest idea right now.
    The carbon is a good idea but I wouldn't rely on it too much. Carbon can only absorb so much.

    Most shrimp should be fine in your tank,but be careful on what species you pick. I've heard that it's a myth that ghost shrimp eat algae. Amano would be the best choice for algae control IMO.
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