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Old 06-18-2013, 10:19 PM   #1
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Otos or bristlenose plecos?


I've got that brown algae fuzz on my manzanita and IALs and was wondering whether (in your experience) otos or bristlenose plecos would do a better job at cleaning it up.
I already have a few of the L144 plecos in my discus tank, so I could just toss them over to the tank with the algae issue if they do well with it. I don't want to just move them over without opinions first because I know how big of a pain it will be to get them back out of the tank if they don't touch the brown algae.
The tank is a 90 gallon blackwater setup with a few angels, GBRs, and a school of harlegquin rasboras.
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:26 PM   #2
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Both eat the diatom algae with gusto, but the otos prefer more oto company. So its either a bunch of otos vs 1 pleco
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:41 PM   #3
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I had the same problem in my 20. I added a BNP which hardly touches the stuff. It is way more interested in hiding under and around my mopani wood. Nerite snails and mystery snails turned out to be the solution for me. One day I plan on moving the BNP and trying 3-4 otos. I hear they're not as shy as the BNP.
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That's weird, my otos are way more shy than my BNPs in the discus tank. I was thinking about olive nerites actually, but I didn't know if they would do well in my setup.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:18 PM   #5
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That's weird, my otos are way more shy than my BNPs in the discus tank. I was thinking about olive nerites actually, but I didn't know if they would do well in my setup.
I've never had otos so I'm only stating what I've heard before. I do know that in my case the snails by far out performed the BNP as a clean up crew.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:47 PM   #6
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I have kept both and otos are the best at keeping your plants clean. They are small and love to graze all day. Great little fish. Now I have only Otos.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:50 PM   #7
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Otos because they're more gentle on plant leaves and they generally stick to eating algae and diatoms. My experience with bristlenose plecos is that they are good cleaners when young, but get lazy when older and just wait for other food to fall to the bottom of the tank.
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:58 AM   #8
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The tank isn't planted as of yet. If I do plant it, I'm probably just going to do some floaters at the top.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:35 AM   #9
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Otos! I have 5 in my 90 gallon (along with plenty of snails) and they do a wonderful job.

I have 2 plecos in there as well, but I consider them more of a curious interest than members of the tank community who perform a special task.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:41 AM   #10
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I had a bad case of diatoms, tossed 4 otos in and they cleaned it up with a quickness. They may be shy, but generally you can always see one in the tank grazing. Never had BN so I can't say yay or nay for them.
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Siamese Algae eater, if you get a true one will eat every type of algae. Especially if you have several big tanks I'd recommend getting one. From what i read, one will take care of a very large tank.

I have ottos. We have purchased 16 at Petsmart for the 1.00 sale when they had them. They are extremely picky and die pretty easy. We have 8 left. no idea why the others died at all. They are super cute and love fast flowing water and never stop eating, never!
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Well, the tank has a very small amount of flow in it, so I'm not so sure if otos will be happy in it.
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the sale on ottos are going on right now until the end of the month i believe or the same time next month just got 7 for 7 dollars lol
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:20 AM   #14
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the sale on ottos are going on right now until the end of the month i believe or the same time next month just got 7 for 7 dollars lol
Shioo, for $1 each, I might as well give the otos a try. Thanks for the heads up!
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yeah i bought 7 today and ima go back and grab a few more, for my 10 g shrimp tank
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