There are many steps to consider if you wish to enjoy a clear and attractive freshwater aquarium. One issues which needs to be addressed on a daily basis involves the amount of algae that is allowed to accumulate. Not only can this naturally occurring material detract from the aesthetic appeal of the tank, but it may even begin to harm certain types of fish.
One of the most effective ways to deal with algae is to purchase organisms which will feed upon this substance. Let us take a look at the pros and cons associated with a handful of common choices.
The Butterfly Goodeid
This attractive fish is particularly effective at consuming the carpet-like layers associated with green hair algae. As this type of algae can grow notoriously fast, the Butterfly Goodeid may represent an excellent option. However, keep in mind that this species has been known to be somewhat aggressive when placed around other fish.
The Siamese Algae Eater
We can think of this next recommendation as a veritable trash compactor in relation to algae within your aquarium. The rather voracious Siamese Algae Eater will consume brown, green and brush algae (three of the most common types within freshwater tanks. The only possible drawback is that this fish may also feed on plants including mayaca and certain types of mosses.
The Cherry Shrimp
This bottom-dweller is diminutive in size and yet, it packs a powerful punch in terms of algae reduction. The good news is that it will not consume any other plants within your tank. The Cherry Shrimp is particularly useful when dealing with soft algae. However, this organism can be rather sensitive to pH changes within the tank. They may have to be purchased in bulk when dealing with stubborn algae.
Whether you are looking for additional maintenance suggestions or you are interested in purchasing a bespoke tank, the professionals at Oceanlife Aquatics are here to help. Feel free to speak with us to learn more.