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  1. Default brown algae and otto cats


    0 Not allowed!
    I just recently got 2 otto cats to clean my brown algae. But I have read that as my tank matures it will not grow anymore. My tank is not planted so that is there only food source, I want to avoid buying algae waffers if possible and would like to just keep growing this brown algae for them to munch on. Any tips on how to sustain this algae growth?

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    3 Not allowed!
    The brown algae you are talking about is actually diatoms and not algae. It needs silicates to survive and grow. Right now the diatoms are using the silicates that are leaching out of your substrate. Once the silicates are gone, so to will your diatoms. That is, unless the silicates are in your water supply.

    Even if you could keep growing algae for them to eat, they will do best with a variety of different foods.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
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    0 Not allowed!
    Thanks cliff very helpful. Besides waffers do you know what they like? Will they eat flakes if there is no diatoms left?
    Last edited by Carmine; 03-26-2014 at 07:35 PM.

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    0 Not allowed!
    My Otos won't touch flakes or wafer!
    I have a garden pond with pond plants that have algae growing on them, so each week I stick a sprig of plant in and the Otos are happy. I have heard of people growing algae on ornaments for them (e.g. on a window sill in a bowl). Mine are picky eaters and not very robust :(
    55g planted: 10x adult guppies + fry, 8x kuhli loaches, 7x black neons, 4x neons, 6x Amano shrimp, assassin snails & cherry shrimp

    10g planted: Bael the betta, 2x Indian glassfish & Pops the purple Apple snail

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    0 Not allowed!
    Mine eat algae wafers and zucchini just fine.

    -S

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    0 Not allowed!
    Good point actually, mine do like a bit of courgette (zucchini) ... Need to get some growing again now the spring is here
    55g planted: 10x adult guppies + fry, 8x kuhli loaches, 7x black neons, 4x neons, 6x Amano shrimp, assassin snails & cherry shrimp

    10g planted: Bael the betta, 2x Indian glassfish & Pops the purple Apple snail

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