what's the best algae eating creature?
I currently have a 29 gallon low tech tank with plants and am running into (surprise, surprise) some algae issues. Thanks for those who helped with the advise on reducing the photoperiod, raising the light.
These measures have really helped (as have the 5 otos and rubber lipped pleco I added!!)
Still with a fair amount of brown hairs growing on the margins of many leaves. If it were not for the ugliness facotr, the plants and fish do not seem to mind. Plants growing new leaves like mad and the fishare thriving.
This is not a tank specific question, just a general one regarding the BEST tank inhabitants to control algae. The LFS guy recommended SAE's but I am not convinced they are all that great at eating algae except when young.
I have otos and a pleco and am considering adding some shrimp if anybody thinks they would help. ( I will be moving the 3 clown loaches out to the 75 gallon, so shrimp would be a legitimate possibility)
latest tank parameters:
pH 6.8, KH 80, GH 60, NO2 0, NO3 10-15
thanks for the help!
HOB penquin filter 200 with biowheel (rated for 50 gallon tank)
hagan glo T5HO 24W single light fixture
substrate is fluorite with sand and pebble overlay
lots of driftwood, plants include java fern, anubias, various crypts, hornwort, onion plant, hairgrass
small UV sterilizer (green killing machine)