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When to add algae eaters

I setup my low tech (ie: no CO2) 55G planted tank (well planted ... 80% of gravel covered with plants) about two weeks ago. The only fish in there right now are 3 SAE and a Betta. The cycling is about half way done with the Ammonia almost back to zero and Nitrite seemingly leveled out (at 0.5ppm) and should probaly start dropping soon (or so I hope ). Unfortuntaly my crypts and japanese cress have started to develop what looks like diatoms or brown algae. Also I seem to have a few strands of hair algae starting. I know Ottos will eat the diatoms apparently, not sure if they will eat the hair algae though.

So my question is ... should I add the Ottos now or should i wait until the cycling is done? I have read on numerous occasions that you should add as many algae eaters as possible as soon as possible so I'm thinking maybe I should add them now to deal with the algae problem as soon as possible. What about adding some shrimp?

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Just my opinion: Don't add ottos or shrimp while you still have ammonia. They are both sensitive.

Add more fast growing stem plants. They will use up the ammonia.

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I agree
shrimp esp are suseptable to death under new tank syndrome conditions-ie high ammonia/nitrite/nitrates. wait until ammonia has gone to 0 then add afew ottos. tank must be well established to add shrimp.

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Do shrimp count against the overall bio-load in a tank?
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yes shrmips are very sensitive. so i'd recommend adding them after most of your fish have settled. besides. not like theres any algae for the shrimps to clear so quickly.


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Do shrimp count against the overall bio-load in a tank?
not really, in my experience they don't add as much a fish of the same size. do correct me if i'm wrong.
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not really, in my experience they don't add as much a fish of the same size. do correct me if i'm wrong.
Nope, I totally agree.

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