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    I was wondering if there is a good, peacefull, algae eating fish that stays small (as in will live happily in a 2.5 gal with a betta)
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    That's TINY!. I'd go with a snail or two, but AFAIK an Otocinclus is the smallest one I can think of.

    Get a ten gallon. They are only 10 bucks.

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    Freshwater algae is eating your fish?! Time to clean your fishtank! :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (CPsInAtl @ Nov. 05 2006,12:52)]I was wondering if there is a good, peacefull, algae eating fish that stays small (as in will live happily in a 2.5 gal with a betta)
    the answer is...no.
    and even if there was, you shouldnt add any other fish to that tank anyway, because it is FAR too small to support even one fish properly, let alone two.

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    A snail is the only thing I can think of. An otto would not be too happy alone I'd imagine.
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    I would go with an otocynclus cat. I'd say a a plecostomus, but you don't want anything that will get big. There's also the so-called Chinese algae eater, but I haven't found them to be that great of an algae eater. Snails reproduce, so that cure could end up worse than the cause in the long run. How about a bigger tank and using a dark background or Java moss to compete with algae?

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    Yeah I know the 2.5 gal is small, and I know that a ten gallon tank is only $10, infact that is what I paid for the 2.5 gal (the guy thought I was nuts). I have this tank because I only keep a betta, and he seems perfectly content in there. Back home in Miami my family has a 36gal which I used to keep but I've since moved away.

    As for snails, I have a family of malaysian trumpet snails, but they seem to not be doing a whole lot for the algae.

    I do keep live plants in the tank, but for some reason I can't quite get rid of the algae. I have Java moss growing on a peice of wood, java fern on a rock ornament, water sprite floating and some frogbit.
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    MTS turn the substrate and eat ditritus.

    To get rid of your algea problem, assuming you have the right lights (which isn't hard to get for a 2.5), inject DIY co2(Auctually I can trade you a hagen unit minus the ladder) and start fertilizing.

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