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Old 04-19-2013, 04:14 AM   #76
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just a few amanos will clean it all up. You will be amazed. Next best is cherry shrimp.
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Old 05-19-2013, 04:50 PM   #77
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Week 8 update:

Still battling algae in both tanks, but I can tell it's gotten significantly better over the last few weeks...hopefully the tanks will be algae 'free' in a few more weeks. Both tanks at this point have a few amanos, cherries, otos, and MTS.

Wood tank: Crypt parva has melted away for the most part, hoping they'll come back soon. Only a few stems of rotala arcuata made it through the algae onslaught, so I added some rotala indica as well.

Stone tank: Oto pair had a bunch of babies. I've counted 20-30 of em of various sizes (and ages I presume) remaining, and I know I've lost a bunch more to water changes/filter maintenance. Atleast something good came out of the algae battle!

WEEK 8--after trimming and water change
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Old 05-19-2013, 04:54 PM   #78
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Omg I see them!

Keep up the great work.
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:39 PM   #79
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Looks great! Way to be persistent with the algae. I am in a similar battle, and trying resist the temptation for drastic measures.
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Old 05-19-2013, 06:57 PM   #80
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those baby oto's are awesome!
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:00 PM   #81
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Congrats, despite the algae, both tanks are looking nice.
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:55 PM   #82
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i wish my otos would breed... then I wouldnt need to buy them, congrats! and the tanks look awesome! how many otos did you buy?
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:46 PM   #83
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Thanks guys. Each tanks started with just a pair of otos. I think the fact there were no other fish, and plenty of algae, led to the breeding. Will do updates on the survival rate, etc. The female is still plenty fat, I think she's gonna keep laying eggs.
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:50 PM   #84
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Looks great! Way to be persistent with the algae. I am in a similar battle, and trying resist the temptation for drastic measures.

Yeah, I think that's the right approach. Good luck to you.
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:40 PM   #85
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Update??
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Old 12-27-2013, 04:26 PM   #86
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beautiful tanks!!! i had to look to see if i could see your tank after your comment on another thread about the aqua sky and aqua soil. AND WOW very nice! they look great side by side!
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Old 04-13-2014, 11:58 PM   #87
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One year update!

So I essentially shut down these tanks last summer, a month or so after my last post...algae maintenance and frustration was taking up too much of my time. I gave away all my fauna, including the oto babies, to the LFS. I removed most of the plants, and essentially left the tanks to their own devices, with very infrequent water changes and no ferts...although I left the CO2 running. There were literally sheets of algae I'd remove every month or so. I also started reducing the photoperiod every so often, from 8hrs all the way down to 4hrs. When I hit 4 hrs, I noticed something interesting...the algae started to die back significantly, and the remaining plants starting to grow.

So, I started these puppies up in earnest again with the 4 hr photoperiod in December, and these tanks have had good plant growth and, more importantly, have had manageable algae since.

Moral of the story? I wish I had purchased different lights. And, plants can grow with a 4 hr photoperiod. Only real fail was glosso...which would not creep w/ that photoperiod, but grew vertical instead. Also java moss is growing painfully slowly...which may not be a bad thing.

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Old 04-14-2014, 01:15 AM   #88
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Tanks look awesome, too bad you gave away those baby otos! What was the amount you ended up with?!
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Old 04-14-2014, 01:33 AM   #89
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Hey parrot, about 12-15 little guys. The guys at the LFS took them for their home tanks.
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Old 04-14-2014, 01:51 AM   #90
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man those are beautiful tanks, im surprised they are growing so well with only 4 hours! I might lower my photoperiod time!
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