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    Default Otocinclus Catfish made fast work out of my BBA Algae


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    I eliminated all the plants in a 55 gallon recently all except for java fern. Since my only light was still the Nova plant light, I had an outbreak of not only diatoms but black beard algae. Two weeks ago I replaced the light with two clamp on lights from Home Depot and dropped in two Otto cats. The NEXT day, I was preparing to dip my java in a mild bleach- water solution to kill the black beard algae and to my amazement........it was gone!

    I know these little guys do a good job because I've had otto's for a few years but didn't realize how much algae they could eat in one day. The diatoms are also gone now that I have gotten rid of the plant light. Pretty weird to replace a $120 light for $24 worth of light but ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

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    I knew they were good but that good....

    Been tempted to get a few but I'm a bit worried they won't play nice with my bristlenose,

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    I still deal with brown algae in my 90 - not horrible but still there - I wish I could keep ottos in that tank but they never survive. Not sure if it's the water or the cichlids :o(
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    I am surprised to read that otos may have eaten brush algae, I am fairly certain they will not. Which means the "brown" is likely diatoms, which otos will devour. However, if you have some mutant form of oto that does, congrats...and consider breeding them, you could make a real fortune.

    Fishmommie, to your 90g algae...is it diatoms or the tiny brush algae? We should be able to solve this. I've dealt with all the types of brush algae for years.

    Byron.
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    I wish my Otos would eat BBA. They keep the glass spotless though, rarely have to use the magnetic cleaner.
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    The one algae that really annoys me is this dark stuff



    Fortunately its in decline now that Ive changed dosing strategies but still... doesnt look very nice.

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    The one algae that really annoys me is this dark stuff



    Fortunately its in decline now that Ive changed dosing strategies but still... doesnt look very nice.

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    That looks like BBA with clumps of staghorn? I think that's what I have. Very tough to shift, but if you do spot dosing of liquid carbon (filters off for ten min) it turns it red. It'll die and drop off then. Very effective for troublesome patches.
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    Found out the hard way that that doesn't work on java fern, eats right trough it. The staghorn's ok, It's covered large parts of the woodwork now in a nice green fur that only requires weekly trimming.

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    Staghorn doesn't tend to be green from what I understand.

    This is staghorn.



    At least, this is what I have patches of in mine and I think this is staghorn.
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