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How do i get rid of brown algae on plants?

i have a 29g tall with 48watts of light and now c02. i just ordered seachem excel to start dosing regularly. and i cut my light time in half from 12hrs to 6hrs a day. i am still having a problem with brown algae on the plants and a little hair algae. what can i do to stop it? is there in shrimp that can live with angel fish and not get eaten?
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In addition to what you're doing, and somebody else should vouch for this, I would add a few Otto Cats. I think they can live with Angels.

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I do have a 2 1/4 inch chinese algae eater but he doesn't like to eat the algae off the plants, specifically the water sprite. will these guys eat the algae off the water sprite?
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I think you need to rehome the Angels and the CAE. They will all get too large for your tank.

You might try spot-treating the algae with some Seachem Excel or hydrogen peroxide, as well.





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The CAE will stop eating algae as it gets older, and they are generally beligerent toward other fish as they age. With Angels, I have heard that the CAE may actually latch onto the fish themselves.

Ottos should eat the algae directly off of the plant.

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As stated, too much stock for that tank, the otos do help, less feeding and WTC.
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SAE's are horrible at eating algae after the first few weeks of owning them goes by. That being said, they aren't even really known for eating the brown algae in the first place, as they tend to gravitate towards the greener kinds. But otos, on the other hand, LOVE this stuff. It is their favorite food in nature. Move your SAE to a huge tank, since it will grow WAAAAAAY too large for you to have in that one, then get a trio of otos.

I don't see you mention that you already have the angels you alluded to, but if you do already have them, move them to a larger tank as well. Really, 29g is just too small unless you are raising angel fry in there (only the fry, not their parents), and they will be moved to a larger tank once they are about an inch or two in size.
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thanks for the advice i think i will trade in the CAE for some otto cats! thanks again.
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I'm running a UV sterilizer to ease the problem at the moment. My fish dug around the substrate and caused cloudy water issues. That caused brown algae.


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