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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2007 9:12 am Post subject: Otos?? Reply with quote

 Are  otocinclus  useful  in  removing  'hair  algae'??  The  other  question  is  will  they  attack  fry  in  the  tank,  as  one  site  mentioned  them  being  a  little  aggressive  at  times?
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 I  never  found  Ottos  removing  Hair  Algae.  They  are  best  for  Diatoms  in  my  tank.  Till  date  I  didn't  found  Ottos  are  being  aggressive  but  will  wait  for  expert  comment  on  this.
 
 And  please  don't  put  any  sinking  food  in  tank.  Those  buggers  will  have  the  food  and  will  not  touch  the  algae.  My  ottos  became  Tetra  Bits  freak...   Mad
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 8:24 am Post subject: Re: Otos?? Reply with quote

 haha..  k  i  was  not  sure  if  they'd  help  me  with  the  hair  algae,  thats  y  id  posted,  so  is  manually  removing  hair  algae  the  best  option??
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 3:08 pm Post subject: Re: Otos?? Reply with quote

 It's  better  to  find  out  the  reason  why  the  algae  is  coming  in  Tank.  Most  prob,  low  CO2  level.  You  can  remove  them  by  a  tooth  brush  but  it  will  be  a  temporary  solution.  Within  an  week  they  will  again  start  to  thrive..
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 12:22 am Post subject: Re: Otos?? Reply with quote

 i  have  4  otocinclus  in  my  3.5ft  planted  tank  with  wood  shrimps  ,  cardinal  tetra,   rummy  nose  tetra.  till  date  i  have  not  faced  any  problem  with  otocinclus  still  my  wood  shrimps  keeps  multiply  day  by  day..   get  some  wood  shrimps  they  will  take  care  of  your  hair  algae.  
 
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 I  have  found  the  sucker  catfish  (plecos  ??)  to  be  very  effective  in  removing  algae.  I  have  two  large  tanks  in  the  balcony  and  both  had  algae  infestation  but  after  the  cleaners  have  been  engaged,  I  have  close  to  0  algae  problem.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 1:14 pm Post subject: Re: Otos?? Reply with quote

 Problem  with  plecos  are  they  become  huge  within  months.  And  after  that  you  can't  keep  them  in  a  planted  tank.  Otherwise  they  are  helpfull  to  clean  the  glasses  from  algae.  But  for  the  same  job  Ottos  are  best  in  world  I  think.  But  just  you  need  to  avoid  feeding  external  food  to  them  when  algae  is  inside  the  tank.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 1:42 pm Post subject: Re: Otos?? Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  the  inputs!!  Smile
 I  agree  with  Tirthankar,  plecos  grow  huge..  Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 2:33 pm Post subject: Re: Otos?? Reply with quote

 Have  had  otos  for  a  brief  period  of  time  and  i  really  dont  remember  seeing  them  eat  hair  algae....Hair  algae  is  best  taken  care  of  by  physically  removing  it  off....Some  fish  like  barbs  and  American  flagfish  are  considered  to  be  removers  of  hair  algae  too....  
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 2:46 pm Post subject: Re: Otos?? Reply with quote

 Plecos  do  grow  big  but  my  plan  is  to  exchange  them  for  smaller  ones  every  4  months.  But  lets  see....
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 8:14 pm Post subject: Re: Otos?? Reply with quote

 the  problem  is,  its  grown  among  the  Xmas  moss,  so  i  really  cant  use  a  toothbrush  or  remove  it  manually..  Sad
 How  about  Rainbow  Shrimps??
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 9:08 pm Post subject: Re: Otos?? Reply with quote

 Plecos  are  too  clumsy,  as  they  uproot  plants  when  they  try  to  move  fast  between  plants.
 
 I  would  recommend  Rosy  Barbs  for  the  hair  algae.  But  make  sure  you  remove  them  as  soon  as  the  algae  eating  is  done,  or  they  will  start  eating  your  moss.  Or  you  could  move  your  moss  someplace  else  till  the  job  is  done.
 
 Just  my  2  cents!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 9:23 pm Post subject: Re: Otos?? Reply with quote

 Hi  Nitin,
 
 Wouldn't  it  be  a  problem  if  he  is  feeding  other  fish?  My  rosy  barbs  are  on  a  strict  diet  of  micropellets  now  and  hardly  touch  any  algae  since  I  need  to  feed  the  tetras  in  the  same  tank.  Otherwise,  rosy  barbs  are  indeed  a  great  idea.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 6:47 pm Post subject: Re: Otos?? Reply with quote

 Being  barbs,  wont  they  bother  the  guppy  fry??  Confused
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 They  won't  bother  the  fry,  they  will  just  gulp  them.   Chuckle   You  didn't  mention  that  you  had  livebearers  in  there.  The  only  choice  then  is  some  shrimp.
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