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Question Algae Eaters?

Hello! I would love a small algae eater that will go good in a 10 g planted aquarium with black sand substrate. I used Flourite Black Sand by Seachem.

I know plecos get huge so I'll stay away from them. I heard that a couple of otocinculus might be good but I don't know if they'll do well cleaning algae, but that's just info I got from Petsmart. I also heard cory catfish are good too.

What about cherry or ghost shrimp? Do they do a good job? and how many? I don't want them to multiply!
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I beg you to NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER listen to pet store employees and their so-called 'advice'. Common plecos get at least 3-4 feet long. Cory catfish don't eat algae. That is to small for Otocinclus or Corydoras. What fish do you have? What filter? Is it heated? Planted? Shimp or snails would be good. Is the tank cycled? Why do you not want shrimp to multiply? If your fish do well, they will multiply. Breeding is a sign of good health and a happy pet.

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Hi, welcome to TPT!

Corydoras are not good algae eaters, unfortunately.
But, otos, shrimp, and snails ( Im not sure which snails are best, myself, but Im sure others will pipe in and make recommendations) are good at eating algae.
The problem is each of these algae eaters ( with exception of the snails , maybe?) needs a tank that has grown in a good deal of algae, biofilm, and such to do well.
How long has your tank been up? Cycled?
Do you plan on adding any other fish?

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I beg you to NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER listen to pet store employees and their so-called 'advice'. Common plecos get at least 3-4 feet long. Cory catfish don't eat algae. That is to small for Otocinclus or Corydoras. What fish do you have? What filter? Is it heated? Planted? Shimp or snails would be good. Is the tank cycled? Why do you not want shrimp to multiply? If your fish do well, they will multiply. Breeding is a sign of good health and a happy pet.
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Snails should be good as long as you have a good amount of biofilm. They will also need algae wafers if they eat all the algae.

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Snails should be good as long as you have a good amount of biofilm. They will also need algae wafers if they eat all the algae.

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Just FYI Cory cats do like to nibble on algae, they just arent a OTO or snail.

The problem I ran into with my OTOs in my 10g was they stripped it in less then a week. It was covered in diatoms and some green algae. I put in 2 or 3 OTOs and they destroyed it. I have to move them over to my 40B so they had some good algae to eat.

Just be aware if you get OTOs your gonna probably have to feed them some veggies and hope they eat them (assuming thats the only tank).
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