Best Algae Eater for Nano

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  1. CarChase

    CarChase Member

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    What fish would you recommend to help control algae in a 30 gallon reef tank?
     
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    Kamden Uelton Well-Known Member

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    I would recommend snails and hermits for algae, However... Tangs, Blennies, Gobys, and many other fish will eat algae. (you could only keep a Blenny or a Goby in a 30g)
     
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    What type of algae?
     
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    Urchin
     
  5. CarChase

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    Brown hair algae
     
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    Hectori and rainford gobies are pretty good hair algae eaters.
     
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    Dan I Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Lawnmower Blenny will be great for what you want.
     
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    Lawnmower Blenny might get a bit large for that system. Maybe a Tail Spot Blenny, trochus and astrea snails, or a tuxedo/pincushion urchin.
     
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    In my 30 I rely on snails, emerald crabs and urchins to eat the algae. Small fish just don’t do it. I kept a lawnmower blenny as well as a tail spot blenny and gobies and they just weren’t interested in algae.
    A 30 is too small for a tang, so although it’s the best choice, the tang won’t do well. They will outgrow the tank too quickly.
     
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    Yeah unfortunately the tank is to small for a tang. I currently have a fire fish and a percula clown fish. I was thinking a bicolor blenny may be a good choice but I’m not sure if he would mix well with the fire fish.
     
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    I have a 29 gallon biocube that I have 2 emerald crabs, 2 hermits, 3 Trochus snails, 1 Astrea Snail, 1 Nassarius and they keep the tank clean. I used to have a Lawnmower Blenny, who was awesome at getting rid of algae as well.
     
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    Thank you for all the suggestions.
     
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    Try a sea hare. I used one in my 30 gal and it worked out better than adding chemicals. When he finished cleaning the algae, I gave him to a friend and bout 10 more hermits to keep the algae from growing as much.
     
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    The conch works wonders in my tank with a couple large zebra snails two peppermint shrimp hermits and one emerald crab
     
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