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Does my bioload have room?

In my 60g running 4wpg, CO2 injection (~3bps), dry ferts and Excel I'm seeing a pretty bad infestation of what appears to be Staghorn...especially on the open field of HC and within my Java and Peacock Mosses.

I'd been considering adding about 6 SAEs to the tank to take care of the algae. Do I have room?

Current stock: 3 Panda Dwarf Corys, 10 Otocinclus, 13 Harlaquin Rasboras, 1 Flame Dwarf Gourami, ~40-60 mostly jeuvenile RCS (who knows), gangbusters loads of jeuvenile apple and ramshorn snails along with some trumpets. About 6 adult ramshorns and 4 or 5 adult trumpets. If I ever get algae under control I'll add small loaches to bring the snail pop under control...though I doubt the snails are eating the staghorn anyway. They mostly seem to like the same algae my RCS and Otos already enjoy.

I'd consider the tank to be 'medium' planted.
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sure you can add a few SAE's to your 60gal
but that won't solve your algae problem.
since algae abatement is a popular topic
you might want to search and study in;
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/algae/
people often make the mistake of getting
fish, snails or shrimp to get rid of algae,
but in fact, on their best day, cleaners can
only keep algae at bay, not reduce established
growth. so you really need to attack your
algae problem directly, not buy more cleaners.

My suggestion would be to stop all macro ferts,
underfeed your fish,
reduce your light cycle to no more than 8 hours,
then carefully syringe inject the algae with H2O2
daily for at least a week. once the worst of that
thread algae is melted, adding a few SAE or Flags
should help keep it from getting re-established.
since H2O2 injecting is cumbersome, you might want
to manually remove the worst of the staghorn
infested moss, and just focus on injecting your HC.

getting some Loaches to control your snails
is a good idea because collectively snails can
add to your tank lots of fecal matter and bioload,
which does make your tank more algae prone
unless you water change and filter media rinse
more often to support more bioload.

a gang of 3 SAE and 3 Loaches should suffice.
keep in mind that some SAE's may also rip up
your moss. Personally I have not observed this,
but it has been reported by some posters here.


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Thanks for the reply. I'd already cut back on the lighting and decsided to stop cutting back my wall of Rotala Indica on the back wall and allow my Chain Swords to grown at will in the tank to block out some light.

I'd never heard of the spot injecting H202. Time to go reading on that subject.

I'd kindof thought that the relatively large snail population might be adding a lot of waste to the tank. I do see a lot more mulm in my filter pads than I'd expected from just my fish and shrimp. My filstar manual said to simply rinse pads every 4 weeks. I've found that rinsing every two weeks and replacement of the micro pads every two weeks seems to be necessary. Perhaps some a few loaches will solve my problem. I've always liked them anyway.

Now to find a local provider of Botia Dario, my favorite loach but nowhere seems to carry them.
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