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    For algea eating then yes amano would be best. Consider the betta, if it eats some of the amano then they wont easly replenish. But red cherries will reproduce fast enough to keep up the pop. Also rcs seem to be super hardy and you can get them for 1$ each. I got a great deal if you want me to link you. The person selling them is a great guy.
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    again, thanks.
    while I like the idea of shrimp, I do not like the idea that Mr Betta might eat them :o( so I'll probably pass on that idea.

    Will be checking the tank for copper as soon as my schedule settles down (a couple more business trips this month) and depending on what I find, I'll proceed from there as I would love to have another mystery snail or two but don't want them to die.

    I'll update when I get it figured out.
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    You could do snails or shrimp. They do good in small tanks and they don't fight with the Betta. If you had a ten gallon you could get a school of otos. Otocinclus are small algae eaters that grow up to 2 or 3 inches but from what I've heard otos don't really eat or clean algae growing in your tank and otos poop a lot. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by animalluver
    You could do snails or shrimp. They do good in small tanks and they don't fight with the Betta. If you had a ten gallon you could get a school of otos. Otocinclus are small algae eaters that grow up to 2 or 3 inches but from what I've heard otos don't really eat or clean algae growing in your tank and otos poop a lot. :)
    I have one Oto in my 10gal and I can confirm that they poop a lot... but that's because he eats ALL the time. I never see him not eating or looking for more algae. Problem is, they eat microscopic algae, so they'll be sucking on a spot that looks clean, but really isn't... and you know they're eating, because their belly is full.

    Anyway, more Otos would probably clear the tank faster, but he's doing a pretty good job. I don't even give him any tabs anymore...
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    Otocinclus are small algae eaters that grow up to 2 or 3 inches but from what I've heard otos don't really eat or clean algae growing in your tank
    Read the link on oto feeding on this page and you will no longer hold that to be true.
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    if the tank is not heated u will have a problem finding a coldwater algae eater since the best is the hillstream loach which requires an amazingly strong current to thrive in. is the tank located near a natural light source? because that could be the cause of an algae problem as well.

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