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    I have a 55 gallon tank, planted, with double filtration, driftwood, and a sand substrate.

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    I did have 3 ottos, but two of them passed about a week and a half ago. Anyway, although I know the single otto wouldn't really make much of a dent in the algae, but he doesn't seem to be eating any of it at all. He just stays on the glass where there is no algae.

    SO, can someone suggest a good algae eater? Please keep in mind that I don't want to completely eradicate the algae in the tank. I kind of like the look of a little bit. I would just like something to help keep it from gettng out of control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MandyK
    I have a 55 gallon tank, planted, with double filtration, driftwood, and a sand substrate.

    Stock is:

    1 Dwarf Gourami
    24 Neon Tetras
    9 Kuhli loaches
    6 Serpae Tetras
    1 Otocinclus

    I did have 3 ottos, but two of them passed about a week and a half ago. Anyway, although I know the single otto wouldn't really make much of a dent in the algae, but he doesn't seem to be eating any of it at all. He just stays on the glass where there is no algae.

    SO, can someone suggest a good algae eater? Please keep in mind that I don't want to completely eradicate the algae in the tank. I kind of like the look of a little bit. I would just like something to help keep it from gettng out of control.
    No algae, according to you. ;P They're only about 1.5-2" in length, so they're pretty small algae eaters. They do eat tiny particles of algae all over the place. If he's not eating, he won't have a full belly. Mine does the same thing and always has a fat belly, while pooping all over the place.
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    What kind of algae do you have?

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    There shouldnt be any algae in the first place if water keeping is kept up with.

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    It is just your standard green algae. And the water keeping is kept up with, so I guess you're wrong on that one, thanks. As I said before, I don't mind some because I think it looks nice and natural, I'd just like to have something munching on it. Also, that is good to know about the otto. I def don't want him to be hungry. :)
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    I think you could get rid of it if you can diagnose the problem. Do you have high nitrates? Are you regularly changing water?

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    Neither one of those things. Again, I like the look of it, I'm just looking for something to munch on it. I don't want something to keep the tank clean (my job obviously...) just something so that there will be some algae, but help me keep it under control.

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    Red Cherry Shrimp... they are awesome.

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    I'd love to have shrimp. I actually added 3 ghost shrimp early in the week, but I think one or more of my fish must be killing them. I've found 2 dead so I don't know if that would work for me.

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    Ghost shrimp tend to die off within the first couple of weeks. I used to buy 20 at a time and I'd always end up with maybe 10 or 15 left.

    If you have plenty of cover in your tank, preferably mossy or bushy plants, the red cherry shrimps will be fine and probably multiply.

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