Best algae eaters

To have some algae in your tank is completely normal and natural, but algae look your aquarium dirty. The most effective way to do this is to maintain good water conditions by regular water changes, keeping the tank out of sunlight, and only lighting your tank around 6 hours per day.

Whilst no one, single fish will not solve an algae problem; there are a number of species that feed on algae and will, therefore, reduce some of the algae in your tank.

Here is the list some best algae eater for your aquarium

Otocinclus catfish

  • Care Level:  Easy
  • Temperament:  Peaceful 
  • Diet: Herbivore
  • Water Conditions:   72-82°F 
  • Max.Size : 1-2 inches
  • Family: Loricariidae
  • Lifespan: 3 to 5 years 

Otocinclus Catfish can be a good addition to your tank. This is a peaceful fish that like to keep to their school of buddies. They are the perfect fish in both their calm demeanor and cleaning skills. Otocinclus Catfish will clean glass, plants. They are great at delicately cleaning your greenery and your Catfish with stay happy and healthy eating any particles off the leaves. These fish are also excellent for tanks that have babies or shrimp inside them.

Ghost Shrimp

  • Care Level:  Easy
  • Temperament: Peaceful 
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Water Conditions:   72-82°F 
  • Max.Size : 1.5” inches
  • Family: Palaemonidae
  • Lifespan: 1 year

Ghost shrimp, or glass shrimp, is a popular freshwater crustacean with fish keepers of all experience levels. Ghost shrimp easy to care, they are a great addition to a tropical community aquarium containing small, non-aggressive fish. Ghost shrimp are not for the sentimental, their life spans just one year, but this makes them much more affordable. They usually have two roles, as feeders to larger fish or as efficient tank cleaners.

Endler’s Livebearers

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Temperament: Relatively peaceful
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Water Conditions:  77 °F to 83 °F
  • Max.Size :Up to 1.6 inches
  • Family: Osphronemidae
  • Lifespan: 4-5 years

Endler’s livebearers (Poecilia wingei) are a colorful and relatively rare species of guppies. They are found only in Laguna de Patos in Venezuela, which is a large freshwater lake. They are not technically a separate species from the common guppy, and it is believed that they were given the name Poecilia wingei for conservation purposes only.

Mollies

  • Care Level:  Easy
  • Temperament:  Peaceful 
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Water Conditions:  75-80° F
  • Max.Size : Up to 4.5 inches
  • Family: Poeciliidae
  • Minimum Tank Size:  10 gallons
  • Lifespan: 5 years 
molly fish

Mollies are very versatile fish having the unique ability to live in both saltwater and freshwater if acclimated slowly. What makes these fish super cool is they come in so many different variant colors. You can have yellows, oranges, black and whites, balloon belly, fancy tailed and more. There are a couple basic elements you need to know that really make these fish flourish in the home aquarium.

Nerite Snail.

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Temperament: peaceful
  • Diet: Herbivore
  • Water Conditions: 70°F – 80°F
  • Max.Size : Up to 1 inch 
  • Family: Neritidae
  • Lifespan: 1-2 Years

Nerite snails are commonly kept in aquariums. Their name gives away their color, but most of them don't have a pattern on their shell. The black line of the coil stands out against the olive color and produces a simple but attractive look. They are one of the best options when trying to keep your tank clean, whether it’s freshwater or saltwater. Nerite snails spend most of their time moving around the tank, consuming any algae in their path. They are very easy to care for and have few demands once you’ve added them to your tank.

Siamese Algae Eater

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Temperament: peaceful
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Water temperature  75–79 °F
  • Max.Size : Up to 6 inch 
  • Family: Cyprinidae
  • Lifespan: Up to 10 Years

When looking for fish to add to your tank, you can sometimes get lost in the number of freshwater varieties there are, but other times you’re looking for a fish to fill a particular role. Siamese algae eaters play a particular role, they’re perfect for someone looking for a fish that will help to tidy up their tank by clearing algae. Siamese is active and social creatures that will do well in both large groups, and when kept alone.

Twig Catfish

  • Care Level: Difficult
  • Temperament: peaceful
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Water temperature  75–79 °F
  • Max.Size : Up to 6 inch 
  • Family: Loricariidae
  • Lifespan: Up to 12 Years

Twig catfish names come from their impressive camouflage abilities, and due to their elongated body and brownish color, they can easily be mistaken for a twig. Even in the aquarium, Twig catfish often stay motionless in an attempt to blend in with their surroundings. In fact, these fish rarely swim, and their movements can be more accurately described as hopping from spot to spot in the aquarium. When it’s once in position, they will attach their suckermouth to an object, and stay there virtually motionless.

Amano Shrimp

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Temperament: peaceful
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Water temperature  70-80°F 
  • Max.Size : Up to 2 inch 
  • Family: Atyidae
  • Lifespan: 2 to 3 Years

Amano Shrimp is a popular freshwater aquarium shrimp available in many stores today. Amano Shrimp may also be called: Caridina multidentata, Caridina japonica, Swamp Shrimp, Algae Eating Shrimp, Yamato Shrimp, Japonica Amano Shrimp, Yamato Numa Ebi, Japanese Marsh Shrimp, and Japanese Swamp Shrimp. An Amano Shrimp can be described as spirited inhabitants of a tank. They are great swimmers and are always on the lookout for food.

Golden Mystery Snails

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Temperament: Calm
  • Diet: Herbivore
  • Water temperature  68°F-84°F 
  • Max.Size : Up to 2 inch 
  • Family: Ampullariidae
  • Lifespan: 1 Year

Mystery snail is one of the most popular additions to freshwater tanks. These slow-moving, peaceful herbivores let you sit back whilst they do some of the cleanings for you. There are lots of other names for this snail including; golden mystery snail, mystery apple snail, spike topped apple snail and Pomacea australis. The correct scientific name, however, is Pomacea bridgesii. Because they are so common among aquarists, use the following general rule when purchasing snails for your tank. Take a few minutes to observe the group of snails at the store and pick the ones who are moving or attached to a surface; never buy a snail that has a cracked or damaged shell.

Black Devil Snails

  • Care Level: Beginner
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Water temperature  71°F-77°F 
  • Max.Size : Up to 3.5 inch 
  • Family: Pachychilidae
  • Lifespan: 3-5 Years

Black Devil Snail is also known as Faunus ater, black Faunus, lava snail. Black Devil Snail is definitely one of the more spectacular freshwater aquarium snails. Its common name ‘black devil snail’ is known from its black body. Its shell is also usually black, although there are also Faunus snails out there with even ‘gradient’ shells and brown shells (from black to orange to white).

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