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10-07-2013, 08:42 PM #1
Otocinclus Catfish made fast work out of my BBA Algae
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.
Kudo's to otto's.
10-07-2013, 08:46 PM #2
10-07-2013, 10:23 PM #3
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(30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, rummies, mystery & nerite snails
15 g FW planted:crown tail betta, neons, pygmy cory, clown pleco, mystery & nerite snails
90 g FW planted:congos, rainbows, roseline sharks, swordtails, krib pair, ABNP, peppered cories, mystery snails
90 Gal Journal: http://bit.ly/1vC7gVX
fishless cycling: http://bit.ly/1DARf3T
fish in cycling: http://bit.ly/1ILvcfp
10-07-2013, 11:18 PM #4
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.
Last edited by Byron; 10-07-2013 at 11:21 PM.Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
10-07-2013, 11:28 PM #5
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10-08-2013, 08:57 AM #8
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.
10-08-2013, 10:27 AM #9
10-08-2013, 10:37 AM #10