algae eater for a ten gallon?

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  1. Gexx

    Gexx Giant Squid

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    are there any good algae eaters that i can put in a ten gallon? plecos are all i know of and they get too big as far as i know... this will be a heavily planted tank with a pretty good bioload on it.
     
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  3. Clonefarmer

    Clonefarmer Millepora

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    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    A couple of Siamese algae eaters would do also
     
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    Vinnyboombatz Giant Squid

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    I would go with the otos. Siamese algae eaters are good as well but tend to become aggresive especially in a small tank.8)
     
  6. Gexx

    Gexx Giant Squid

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    So just one otos?
     
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    No get 6 to 10
     
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    Vinnyboombatz Giant Squid

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    In a ten gallon tank I would think 2 or 3 would be enough.;)
     
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    Gexx Giant Squid

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    i really hope you are being sarcastic lol

    ill get 2

    so my 10 gallon stock list will be:

    5 neon tetras
    2 oto catfish
    2 cory cats
    1 dwarf african frog
    5 ghost shrimp
     
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    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    If the tank is heavily planted you will need that many, they don't move between tanks the best.
     
  12. tharsis

    tharsis Peppermint Shrimp

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    I agree, you could definitely use a few more otos. They are schoolers and prefer to be in larger groups. Also it is fun to watch them move around as a group, all lined up in a row munching the algae off the glass.

    I would do ~5, they don't produce much waste and will make short work of dust algae on the glass. They are difficult to acclimate though, so be patient when you add them.

    Your corys and shrimp will do a very good job of cleaning up any mulm on the substrate, so I wouldn't worry about overstocking. Your plants will also use the excess nitrates and phosphates.

    This is what I would do:

    8 neon tetras
    5 oto catfish
    3 cory cats
    1 dwarf african frog
    5 ghost shrimp
     
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