Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Contra Costa CA
If you are ready to increase the CO2 and ferts in your tank, then go ahead and increase the light. Otherwise you might get all sorts of different algae growing that Otos do not eat. If the right kind of algae is growing now, then improving the conditions just a bit might encourage a bit more.
Otherwise, ditto the growing algae on rocks in the sun.
Whenever you do a water change add this water to the algae growing tank.
Swap out the rocks as often as needed.
If you do not like the crop it is very easy not to add it to the tank, alter some condition and try again.
In MA I would try this in a sheltered spot, perhaps the sunniest window through the winter, or add a grow light. Ought to grow well outdoors in the warmer months.
Last edited by Diana; 11-18-2014 at 12:35 AM.