Discussion in 'Fish Discussion' started by CarChase, Mar 7, 2018.
What fish would you recommend to help control algae in a 30 gallon reef tank?
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)
What type of algae?
Brown hair algae
Hectori and rainford gobies are pretty good hair algae eaters.
Lawnmower Blenny will be great for what you want.
Lawnmower Blenny might get a bit large for that system. Maybe a Tail Spot Blenny, trochus and astrea snails, or a tuxedo/pincushion urchin.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you for all the suggestions.
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.
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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