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I've had reoccurring issues with black brush algae and really an assortment of other types. I've actually got a touch of diatom algae which is slowly phasing out.

I just purchased 5 ottos and one true siamese algae eater. I was intrigued by the idea that the siamese is the only algae eater that will eat black brush.

The person working at the lfs told me they think I'd probably need more otis or SAE to maintain my tank.

FYI the tank houses a single discus and cardinal tetras. The plants are a chain sword carpet a crypt and hygro/wisteria.

Any thoughts on the right size for my cleaning crew? I've been told Otos will work harder with more confidence in a larger school. Will 5 otos and an SAE suffice? I'd love to have another SAE to team up on the black brush which always seems to find my filter intake.. But i don't want use up all my bio load on Algae Eaters if I can avoid it.

Thanks for any insight/advice! :icon_smil:icon_smil
 

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I would suggest curing Black Brush Algae without the need of fish. Ottoes are going to do nothing for this type of algea.

SAE can eat BBA. They get big though.... So depending on how stocked you are can be a problem. With a discuss I doubt you can do Amano shrimp...
 

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TSAE are extremely social fish and should always be kept in a school of at least 4 fish or it can lead to stress and sometimes even death in the TSAE. I have had BBA in my aquarium for quite sometime now and my pack of 6 TSAE in my 75 keep it in check, you hardly see any BBA except on the filter outtake.

There is a new method called the "One-Two Punch" I have not tried this yet but I am going to. This method has very good reviews and a lot of people have tried it, it seems. According to the method it is fish and plant safe, but when I try this method I am going to remove my fish because I don't want to risk losing any, a lot of my fish had to be mailed ordered because my LFS leave a lot of be desired and fish shipping is often 2x the cost of the fish. I would also suggest that you at LEAST remove your Discus, since they can be very sensitive.
 
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