Algae eater

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Algae eater, also called an algivore, is a common name for many bottom-dwelling or algae-eating species that feed on algae. Algae eaters are important for the fishkeeping hobby and many are commonly kept by hobbyists. Some of the common and most popular freshwater algae eaters in aquariums include:[1]




Some freshwater shrimp are also excellent algae eaters:

  • Almost all of them belong to the family Atyidae (the only family in the superfamily Atyoidea) including many genera:
  • Some of them belong to the genus Palaemonetes (grass shrimp)


Most species of freshwater snails, discounting most adult specimens of species belonging to the family Ampullariidae, which primarily subsist on aquatic plants as adults.


Some of the common and most popular marine aquarium algae eaters include:[2]



Sea urchins[edit]


Some snail species such as the Turbo, Astraea, Turban and Nerite snails.[3]


  1. ^ "Best Algae Eaters For The Freshwater Aquarium". 2009-05-27. Archived from the original on 2010-11-30. Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  2. ^ "saltwater algae eater". 2010-02-01. Archived from the original on 2010-12-01. Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  3. ^ "Snails". Retrieved 2015-03-27.