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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-21-2010, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
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Best algae eater for HC

I just planted HC on my Fluval Edge (will post pictures later)--added a 10W bulb + the Ikea bulbs that many suggested for that tank. Everything is in place now, but I am concerned about algae outbreak.

I've already planted some wisteria to suck out the nutrition from the algae, but would like to get a few good algae eater just in case. The tank will eventually house RCS and 6 tetras, can someone suggest a good algae eater that is compatible with my HC? Especially that I've just planted the HC, the roots are not established so I do not want the algae eater to stir up the carpet and unroot the HC. Will this kind of Octo work? What else? Thanks.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-21-2010, 08:17 AM
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^this is the EXACT same setup I have also. I JUST got an Otto about 2 days ago, However doesn't seem to be like its working very well. I only have Shrimp and snails in my tank, I'll give it a week or so, lets see what these Otto can do.
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I've heard tetra eat shrimp if they can fit them in their mouth. Might want to look into that.
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i would just start your tank out easy, less photoperiod and less ferts. i just started a tank with hc and went from 4-8 hours a day over the span of a month or so. also my fert dosing to begin with was minimal and still is less than normal as there are fewer plants. another thing you could do is just have a good amount of co2 in the tank and thatll keep the algae away
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yes that otto will do work on your tank!! if u can get some narite snails they will help to. i got some anubius from a store that was coverd in algae and within days it was clean and my plant leaves were unharmed. but if u dont have a problem yet dont get them or they can/will starve. and if u dont know what type of algea prob u have then how do u counter it? not all fish eat all algae!!
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Thanks guys. I did add a Hagen CO2, but I am not sure if it is activated yet since I don't see any bubble (am I supposed to see anything?). The included bubble counter is too big so I just ordered one of those nano Co2 glass diffuser from eBay.
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