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  1. Default Clean up crew compatible with pictus?


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    I have 4 pictus in a 46 gallon bowfront. We. Had 4 molly's with them but the pictus stressed them out and were nipping the tailfins so we rehomed the molly's. The issue is algae now. We are getting brown and bright green spots on the rocks and decor so are wondering if anything could stand up to the hyperactivity of the pictus and help keep the algae at bay. I don't have driftwood and don't really want to add any. Unless I could get by with just a little piece in the back.

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    What I would do first, is have a look at what things might be setting off the algea blooms. Is the tank in a really sunny spot? How long do you keep the light on for? What do your nitrates tests come back as? Pictus Catfish can be a very boisterous type of fish, and as you've found out, can be fairly aggressive, so the chances of them sharing the bottom third of the tank with "clean up crew" types of fishes is pretty slim.
    Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn. ~Chuck Clark

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    Ok. I have marineland double bright led that is on from about 10 in the morning to about 5 in the afternoon and then the blue lights are turned on. My nitrate yesterday was 10 and I will do my pwc this weekend. And no sun on the tank because blinds are always pulled in the summer.

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    Thanks for that info. The nitrates shouldn't be the problem at that level, but that's an awful lot of light each day and night. The amount of light that you are giving the tank during the day is near enough to the perfect amount of light in total per day. You really don't want to exceed 8 hours total light per day. You could try 4 hours of each light, or 6 hours of one and 2 of the other, or something like that if you like.

    The only other thing that might be causing the brown algea bloom is phosphates in the water. Phosphates can come from your tap water or can build up from over feeding, as phosphates are in the food. You can get kits to test for phosphates/silicates, and if it tests high, there's products that you can buy to help remove it, such as Phosban or Rowaphos.
    Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn. ~Chuck Clark

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    Thanks, I will cut down on the lighting and had no idea about Phosphates....Good excuse to go to petco tomorrow since I wanted to get the pug ice cream anyway...yes, all of my "children" are spoiled.
    The catfish only get one pellet each a day but the overfeeding may have happened previously from the mollys. They were much harder to feed the flakes. They were picky little critters who would rather taste and spit them out!
    I will get a phosphate test and go from there. Thanks again!

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    You're more than welcome!

    Doggy ice cream! Is it actually ice cream for dogs, or does he or she just like to share yours?
    Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn. ~Chuck Clark

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