Algae eater is a common name for many bottom-dwelling creatures that feed on algae such as shrimp or snails. If you have or think of owning a tank, aquarium or pond, you might want to take note of this article.
Many people dream of having a fish aquarium, however, there is more to it than just having your pet fish swimming in your aquarium. You don’t need to be an expert on fish to successfully maintain a fish aquarium. But a good understanding and knowledge of what it takes to succeed is important in order to avoid disappointments.
There are several accessories required to set up and maintain your aquarium such as lighting accessories, hoods and canopies, aquarium dividers and automatic top offs. Not commonly considered, yet a very important accessory for your aquarium is an algae eater.
Algae Eaters – what are they?
These can be kept to serve the purpose of feeding on algae which reduces the risk algae poses to your goldfish. There are several types of fish categorised as an algae eater and depending on which one is easily available to you, can be added to your tank. Algae eaters include sucker-mouth cat fish, American flag fish and Ancistus among others.
Under normal circumstances algae will grow in a fish aquarium. This is because they thrive on the same factors that help your pet fish to grow healthy such as light, water and nutrients. Algae can grow on stones commonly laid at the bottom or on glass walls. This can make the control of algae somewhat difficult and if it goes unchecked it can become a huge menace to your goldfish.
In order for it to be effective,there are a number of considerations when adding algae eaters to your goldfish aquarium.
Important tips to control algae through the use of an algae eater
1. You can choose to keep the algae eating fish in the same tank with your pet fish or in a separate tank and occasionally bring them to the fish tank to feed on the algae.
2. Try to keep different types of algae eater fish because they eat different types of algae.
3. Remember that your algae eater will also need to be fed. Avoid over-feeding them or they will not feed on the algae.