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Old 05-19-2011, 11:34 PM   #1
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Betta info

Kind of random, but, what kind of algae eating fish would work with a male betta?
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Old 05-20-2011, 12:48 AM   #2
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i currently have otos with them, no problem what so ever IF they survive the first day with the betta =]
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Old 05-20-2011, 02:36 AM   #3
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I've had AES (Amano shrimp) in with my Betta for a while and they're great cleaners and really a low bioload.
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What size tank is he in etc. I find even in a ten gallon that a male betta does just fine all by himself. The fins and graceful movements fill a tank.
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Its a ten gallon, im mostly looking for sometging cool to clean for me (lol)
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Old 05-20-2011, 12:07 PM   #6
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What about snails? I have two nerite snails in with my betta...they are great cleaners and are quite comical. The smaller one hitches a ride on the bigger one sometimes and my betta rarely notices them. I did catch him flaring at the bigger one once but he quickly lost interest! Also they don't breed in freshwater so u don't have to worry about overpopulation.
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Old 05-20-2011, 12:25 PM   #7
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Agreed, nerite snails are cool. I have a zebra striped in my betta tank and he the best window washer I have lol.

Only the not breeding in FW may be wrong, but I have to wait for the baby snails to get bigger before I can confirm if they're nerite or pond snails.
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I do use a little salt in my water also, could i use snails and shrimp? Also, are ghost shrimp acceptable? They look really cool
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I do use a little salt in my water also, could i use snails and shrimp? Also, are ghost shrimp acceptable? They look really cool
I have a nerite, 2 AES (amano), 2 ghosties and 2 RCS. They all get along, keep the tank sparkling clean and Elvis (my betta) could care less about them unless they go near his favorite spot to wedge himself, then he flares and they scoot off lol.
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I have a male betta in a 23 gal tank with a few nerites, 3 african dwarf frogs and two bristle nose plecos. Thankfully they all get along without aggression. That I know of. Just yesterday and once a couple of months ago, I found an empty nerite shell. Don't know if the snail died first and got sucked out or if the betta (or BN's) killed it. Has anyone else ever had a betta eat a nerite? Or was it the BN?

To me, the BN's are the best algae eaters. Once I had a 10 gal that was full of algae and the BN cleaned it up in less than 2 days. Of course a 10 gal is too small for a BN, but I just put him in there for housekeeping! But the nerites run a close second!
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