Freshwater Algae Eaters

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Algae eaters are a great addition in a freshwater tank to help control and reduce unsightly and potentially damaging algae prorogation. They come in a variety of species, including shrimps, snails and algae-consuming fish. Certain algae-eaters prefer certain types of algae, so with a mix of species you can ensure that all or most of the algae presence can be controlled.

Perhaps the most popular freshwater algae eater fish are the sucker mouth catfish including Plecostomus (Plecos) and Otocinclus (Otos). While they do a good job on most forms of green and brown algae, especially algae on the tank walls, their mouths are not equipped with rasps that are strong enough to remove stuck on algae from tank walls. They do a fine job of clearing plant leaves, ornaments and aquarium glass of new growth but if it has calcified there is no chance they will be eating it.

Algae eaters are a must in any freshwater aquarium. There are many types of algae eaters: fish, shrimp, and snails. Pick one based on the size of your tank and the type of fish your are keeping. The last thing you want, is for your algae eater to be eaten.