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post #7 of (permalink) Old 07-21-2013, 02:50 AM
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I would get a few ottos mainly cause they prefer groups. I personally don't vacuum my substrate in my heavy planted tank except for occasionally by the filter intake. The plants take care of the rest. But if you go that route you need to make sure that the nitrates aren't building up with the waste and that you have good ecology in place. Diatoms are more of a bacteria that eat the silicone etc in a new tank. They are pretty much harmless, just an eyesore. So run your tank as you normally would.

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