Originally Posted by Francis Xavier
The Amano's will devour the diatoms and it won't be an issue. If you put 5-6 in there they should be gone by the 2nd day.
The PFR's won't eat the algae as well as the Amano - many of the more decorative shrimp actually eat biofilm on surfaces, rather than algae (at least with CRS, no personal experience with PFR here). If you got em on hand I'd just do some manual removal of the algae, then add in the Amano's til you get the PFR's so the problem is contained.
Yea I've noticed that...
I only have 1 amano, at any rate, the diatoms are clearing up and my HC has such a strong root base it is coming back with a vengeance.
I've increased the light by 1 hour and the co2 is still quite high, and I'm dosing about 1/4th more than usual.
No black beard, mild green dust, improved growth.. so far so good.
I have encountered a new algae I have never seen before though!
It is green, it forms little spongy balls on things, and when you remove it and squish it it is very gelatinous!
It comes off incredibly easy, and it will opt to grow on rocks or on the glass but only on places where I missed some diatom or GDA.
I am assuming it can't grip the glass with how much flow I have but would probably do so in lower flow tanks.
I'll see if I can get a good picture.
P.S. Frank, how do you get your ADA lily pipe hoses clean?
I scrub mine with the spring brush bi-monthly but they are taking on an electric yellow hue!
I don't really get it..