I'm new and having a problem with my tank, so I'm looking for help.
I've got a ten gallon tank, with one betta and six neon tetras. I top up the tank about once every two weeks, and do a partial (1/3) change once a month. My problem is that I've got algae growing out of control. I got some TopFin AlgaeGone, but it's not helped at all. From doing some research, apparently one way to combat it is to get a pleco.
I know I can't get a "regular" pleco - my tank isn't big enough. But is there a dwarf subspecies that y'all recommend? How hard are they to care for? I do have a spare 2.5 gallon tank that I can use to set up a quarantine tank until I'm sure he's healthy - how long should I keep him apart if I get one?
Or is there another solution to the algae that I'm not seeing?
Could you post a picture of the algae please? There are different types that can be fixed in different ways.
Plecos, even smaller varieties like the Bristlenose may be too large for a ten gallon. As a substitute, my favorite algae cleanup critter is nerite snails.
Also I am no expert but I would cut way back on how long you are leaving your light on. I have a live plant (Java Fern) in my tank and only keep my lights on for a max of 4 hours a day. The algae is probably thriving because of how much direct light it is getting.
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Ummm... a monthly wc on a fully stocked 10 is not going to cut it. That's cyanobacteria or blue green algae. Do a weekly 50% wc and and dose the tank with eriothromycin. Remove as much as you can by hand.
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