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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-06-2005, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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need to hire a larger clean up crew - suggestions?

it is 4:35 and I might get off work in time to go shopping...

My light was dead for a week - when the lights came back on, I could still make out the outline of my plants through the algae...

Ok, not quite that bad, but defninatly not what I wanted to see when the lights got fixed. Angle fish (one for sure) is eating a ton of it) - the other three are more nibbling at it). Not sure if the otto's (3) are eating any or not - but they are pot bellied already..., Only other possible member of the clean up crew are 3 ghost shrimp.


Am assuming that 3 otto's does not a clean up crew make. How many otto's and algae eating shrimp would be recomended for a 58 gallon tank. Am a little leary of adding a lot of shrimp - but the ghost shrimp have been in there for about a month - so there must be some hidding places.

Will also be considering buying some more weeds. other tank mates include 8 neons, 5 black tetras and 5 head light/tail lights.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-07-2005, 05:39 AM
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Usually and Otto for every 10gal. You can try some Amano shrimp aka. "Algae Shrimp"


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Thanks.

Picked up some weeds and Amano shrimp (aka Angel food - hopefully not - Angels started picking on them before they hit the substrate, but ignored them after that) last night. Will get a few more ottos and some sae before this is threw (but seems sae are out of stock in Austin at the moment, and the store I went to was a bit high on ottos).

New growth has a lot less Algae on it than the old stuff, so hoping patience will be the real winner here.
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LOL.... I think I read somewhere once that Amano suggests 20 ottos per 100 liters.......
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LOL.... I think I read somewhere once that Amano suggests 20 ottos per 100 liters.......
As squeaky clean as his tanks are, you can't help but wonder...


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don't rely on a 'clean up crew' to deal with your algae. Fix your macro nutrient levels first. When those are good, and CO2 is right, the minute amount of algae you have will be taken care of by ottos, plecos, etc.
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