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Still have diatoms on my hairgrass and was wondering if any shrimp could help out? My Otto does good on the glass but that's about it.

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Yes RCS will help a lot they eat all day and night


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Is the tank new by the way? If not, could be silicates and organics in the water that is causing diatoms; if that is the case, then it is time for a good water change..

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At least from my experience, if you have algae problem (like hair algae) just getting shrimp won't fix it. It could help, but try manually removing it and maybe reducing light exposure and adding some plants to help balance it out. This will let the plants take control of the nutrients and keep algae to a minimum. If you just get shrimp, they could eat the algae slowly but it can just grow back if you keep the rest of the 'parameters' the same.
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It's a new tank and is planted. About a month and a half old and the diatoms aren't horrible anymore but my older hairgrass still has a good bit, but not so much on newer strands.

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Amano shrimp took care of the diatoms in my tank very quickly. Shockingly i got them at petco!
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