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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-03-2010, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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Attack of the Brown Algae! (And some green!)

What are some good tank mates for Bettas that eat brown algae? I have shrimps, but the algae grows faster than they can eat. I also scrub and it still goes back, but with a force. Anyone?

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Otos. I am so amazed at what they can do in just one day. But make sure to have some algae wafers on hand when they do clean you out.
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Will Hikari Tropical Sinking Wafers work?

Bettas: Rose, Sophia, Addie, Ghost, Buster, Holt, Aidan, and Mercutio!
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Just my animals: 0.2 Cornsnakes, 0.2 Bearded Dragons, 1.0 Water Dragon, 2.2 Crested Geckos, 1.0 Tiger Salamander, 0.0.1 Tadpole, 0.0.2 Red Eared Slider Turtles, 0.0.1 Map Turtle, 0.0.2 Hermit Crabs, 1.0 Hamster, 1.0 Rabbit, 0.1 Horses, 2.2 Dogs, 0.2 Cats, Chickens, Ducks, Oscar Tank, Planted Bowl, 10 Gallon, 4x 0.5 Gallon, 5 Gallon, and Planted 25 Gallon Tank....Is that it?
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Definitely otos! My guys made quick work of those tasty diatoms!

Hikari is a fantastic brand :) Go for the algae wafers though, but you can also add some blanched zucchini as well. They go crazy for it!

Also be sure to snag at least three, they love schooling :) But for some reason these guys are pretty sensitive to moving tanks so acclimate them very slowly, preferrably drip-acclimation.

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Nerite snails are another option. Great algae (and diatom) eaters and they have a really low bioload. You also don't have to get a school of them which is a plus if your tank is already stocked pretty well or you don't want to add more fish.

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I have snails for diatoms. I had a bunch of pond snails but Tango ate all but the big one. :/
The one big guy does a pretty solid job of it.

For my other tanks (as well as Tango's) I use Flourish Excel to try and keep the diatom problem down. It doesn't really do anything to them but it helps my plants stay healthy and they in turn take in more nutrients so the diatoms have less. Or at least that's what I read. It seems to have worked. The diatoms in most of my tanks turned into balls of fluff and fell right off the plants.

But if I forget the dose for more then a day those pesky diatoms come creeping right back up. With a force. LOL!

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Diatoms will subside after a while. I had a real bad outbreak in my 10 and 3 gallon tanks around february and neither tank has much left at all. I also heard flourish excel helps kill algae but I haven't tried it yet (I'm getting some tomorrow).

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I have 5 black neon tetras and 5 peppered corys with my betta in a 20G, could i get a few otos, or would that be too much?
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Thanks everyone!!

Erik: You could keep 2 to 5 Otos. Well it depends on your filter, too.

Bettas: Rose, Sophia, Addie, Ghost, Buster, Holt, Aidan, and Mercutio!
Cassandra
Just my animals: 0.2 Cornsnakes, 0.2 Bearded Dragons, 1.0 Water Dragon, 2.2 Crested Geckos, 1.0 Tiger Salamander, 0.0.1 Tadpole, 0.0.2 Red Eared Slider Turtles, 0.0.1 Map Turtle, 0.0.2 Hermit Crabs, 1.0 Hamster, 1.0 Rabbit, 0.1 Horses, 2.2 Dogs, 0.2 Cats, Chickens, Ducks, Oscar Tank, Planted Bowl, 10 Gallon, 4x 0.5 Gallon, 5 Gallon, and Planted 25 Gallon Tank....Is that it?
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Thanks everyone!!

Erik: You could keep 2 to 5 Otos. Well it depends on your filter, too.
So I went to the pet store today to buy a few Otos, and just my luck, the tank with the Otos was being treated for Ich... Needless to say, I came back fishless
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