your tank sounds overstocked. how big are your schools? otos are shoaling/schooling fish. they are delicate and need atleast 3 to thrive. i'd get a nerite. i didn't like snails either. but i really like my zebra nerite.
Last edited by sandybottom; 12-27-2012 at 06:41 PM.
From what I have heard getting an algae eater for an algae problem is a bad idea becuase the algae is eventually gone.
This is also true. In big tanks with only one algae eater it might not be too bad but you'll be supplementing lots of other food (which you should do anyway!).
In all honestly, unless you get a bigger tank (Petco is having their $1 a gallon sale!!!!!) you're probably better off scraping and vacuuming for now. Or minimizing your lighting if your plants are low/med light.