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Old 02-23-2015, 01:42 PM   #1
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3 gallon acrylic with shrimp

So my shrimp tank (~15 blue velvet neos) has been up for a few weeks now and started getting some algae on the glass. I did a large water change so I could wipe the acrylic with a hand towel, but it's still on the bottom half of the tank. Seems the shrimp don't like the wall algae, though I occasionally see one holding onto the wall for short durations. I looked around and it seems nerites will scratch the acrylic eventually, I have some (4 adult) MTS in there but they aren't cleaning the sides (though I saw a baby climbing around the side yesterday)

So my question is, what can I do to keep the sides clear in this little tank? Looks like amanos like algae more than neos? If it matters I have eco-complete sub.
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Old 02-23-2015, 04:11 PM   #2
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An amano might help, and maybe some horned nerites, they are so super small. Otherwise mystery snails are supposed to be good with wall algae but I've had terrible luck with them. Less light (depending on your plants) would also help.
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Old 02-23-2015, 10:20 PM   #3
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^^ Agreed. Amano is probably your best bet.

Mystery snails don't really eat algae. They'll nibble occasionally, but it's not really their thing. Nerites are the snails for algae. I've never heard that they scratch acrylic, though.

Otos would be great, too, of course, but a 3 gal tank is too small for one, let alone two (they need at least 2).
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