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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-13-2011, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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How's my bioload?

Just wondering if my bioload is appropriate for my setup. Any feedback is appreciated.

Currently, I have a densely planted 20g high with...

- 7 Otocinclus
- 6 Zebra Danios
- 5 Amano Shrimp
- 4 Mystery Snails

I figured I was okay because I assume the snails + shrimp have minimal bioloads. A little worried about the otos having enough to eat...are they good as long as I can see algae?
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Depends on your filtration capacity, really. Pretty small load if you've got an adequate filter. Might be too many Otos though, I only do 1 or 2 per 10 gallons. Watch their bellies. If they're skinny and sunken give them some blanched zucchini and algae wafers if they'll eat them.

AqAdvisor can give you a good capacity and stocking estimate.
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"How's my bioload?"

Taught my Nephew to say that after he uses the rest rm.....Strange my sister doesn't ask me to babysit that much anymore.
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should be good and to the person above keeping 1 otto is horrible since theyre schooling fish. if your worried about them getting food, blanch some zucchini and let them eat that.
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Yeah, the otos really seem to like each others' company. They're always grouped up.

Could you elaborate on what you mean by "blanched" zucchini?
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Wow, when did I recommend keeping them alone? I just said it might be too many, unless you've got a heavy algae load right off the start... they eat a lot for how small they are. I have some, I know they're shoalers lol. I said 1-*2* for a reason.

Blanching means boiling it for a few minutes so it's semi cooked and will sink better. You can try other things like spinach, but zucchini is your best bet. Mine like those mini seedless cucumbers too.

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