The Ideal Otocinclus Algae Eater in Freshwater Aquarium: Golden Otocinclus – The Golden Otocinclus Catfish is an excellent add-on to […]
Catfish are one of the most well-known and appreciated algae eaters in ponds, rivers, and tributaries throughout many regions. The catfish comes in a variety of species. The most identifiable characteristic is the long whisker-like tendrils that extend from its front facial area. The catfish is an efficient algae eater and tends to avoid other fish. Occasionally, however, this species may tend to be a bit aggressive. When algae run low, some catfish, namely channel catfish, will look to prey on smaller species.
In my opinion, one of the greatest new algae-eater additions to the hobby in recent years has been the amazing Panda Garra (Garra flavatra). This striking fish has a stockier body than the Siamese Algae Eater, with a much broader and bluffer head shape, but shares the thick, underslung browsing lips and penchant for stubborn fluffy algae. It will also eat soft green filamentous algae and even graze away the green haze which clouds the front glass. The only algae which it will not attempt to tackle is the blue-green velvety slime of cyanobacteria growths. It’s a friendly, active and gregarious fish which will live alongside other loaches and catfish without making trouble, and can be kept singly or preferably in groups. The body colour is chocolate brown and buttery yellow bands and the fins are a reddish colour, making it very attractive. It will adapt to many different fresh water parameters (soft or hard) and grows to a little more than three or four inches. If it has any drawbacks, it is a requirement for high dissolved oxygen levels, so an aerator is recommended. Otherwise, a fish with absolutely no drawbacks at all!
The Oto Cat is another great algae buster. These catfish varieties are usually quite small (typically under 2”) making them the perfect choice for large or . These passive algae eaters have been known to be quite entertaining while performing their duties, going from plant to plant in a funny fashion.Twig Catfish – These suckermouth catfish are an excellent algae eater, but their docile and sometimes skittish nature makes them unsuitable for most aquariums; Which is a shame, since they constantly browse on algae, and if they were more suitable for community tanks, they would be among the best algae eaters available.Oto Catfish - great algae eater--they love spinach, zucchini, romaine lettuce, and brussel sprouts----article is also another list of algae eatersOtocinclus Catfish – Perhaps one of the most dedicated algae eaters on this list, the Otocinclus Catfish, or oto cat, is a fragile and relatively difficult fish to keep. They will only thrive in larger aquariums (29 gallons and up) and need to be kept in schools of at least six.