As we seem to be getting quite a few members being sold algae eaters for coldwater tanks 'although these fish are not really coldwater fish as such' and there are a few similar which get mixed up or wrongly sold, thought I would post the different one's to refer too and compare
I have had a bewildering variety of 'advice' in shops now when asking what I might have in a 100cm tank with a couple of fancy goldfish to help with algae. The tank will be on the warm side, given lighting and central heating - about 22 C. I'm still researching, all ideas welcome please?
Hmmm, fancy goldfish are tricky to find tankmates for cos they get so big. You might be best off just getting one of those magnet algae cleaners or a scraper, sorry Do you have any live plants? I've been gradually replacing all my fake plants and my algae has been massively reduced.
About 50 stems of various plants so far plus 2 peculiar little moss balls - but scope for doubling that I should think, so I will get ordering do you mean the problem with the goldfish is that they will get so big eventually there will not be sufficient tank room for more than the 2, (capacity was 38 gallons before I started putting stuff in) in which case excellent excuse to prepare to get bigger tank in anticipation - or that they will have big mouths and eat anything they can fit in them including algae-eating tankmate?? (visions of the goldfish eyeing up the cat rather than vice versa)- or do all algae eaters get big too
I mean they get big enough to eat other fish At 38 galls you have plenty of room, I have 3 fancies in the same size tank. With a tank that size though, you would need loads of algae eating fish to make a real difference. It's better to do the scraping yourself. Have you got one of those magnet cleaners? You can do the whole tank in a couple of minutes that way, easy life
To be honest there aren't any algae eaters that you can keep in with goldfish, some people keep tropical algae eaters in with them but it isn't really fair on the tropical fish, and some so called algae eaters end up sucking on the goldfish and causing sores etc as long as your tank is mature you can keep hillstream loach in with them 'depending on which ones you get' they keep the glass clear but most actually eat the goodies than grow on the algae rather than the algae itself