Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Oto cats distracted, need a new helper!
I have a 45 gallon planted tank. My 3 oto cats used to do a great job and I had never spotted any algae. Recently, i purchased some species of hygro and planted it at the back of my tank. The otos LOVE it to the point of ignoring all of my other plants.
Now, for the first time, my plants are covered with a brownish looking, somewhat slimy feeling material. I can manually remove it but it comes back quickly. I've also noticed some long, green, stringy algae that has developed in my flame moss.
So I'm considering some options. I know the most obvious is to remove the hygro, but it does look really great (probably because its the only clean plant in there) and I'd rather not. Second option I'm considering is adding some snails. I've heard nerite will help me remove algae and dead plant matter but will leave live plants alone. However, I don't know much about snails and their benefits/drawbacks. I know shrimp can be useful as well, but am not sure if my fish would consider small ones food or not.
I'm not sure what else to do, I'm only just beginning my algae research. However, I was hoping to get the opinions of some more experienced hobbyists if possible.
For the record I'm running 1 t5ho light for 9 hours a day. I have begun to add 1 capful of excel about once a week, just because I saw it at the store and wanted to try it.
Any advice is greatly appreciated, thank you.