05-11-2011, 11:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
A pleco could well handle all the diatoms very quickly. Diatoms (brown algae) and common green algae are very easy to keep in check as many fish will readily and eagerly devour them. I have had diatoms in a 90g tank be wiped out within a day by a trio of otos. Pleco, otos, Farlowella, etc. However, one must ensure the tank can handle extra fish before adding any, and of course one has to want the fish on its own merits. They add to the bioload which can cause other issues. Not saying this applies here, just general info for those reading.
I did notice A LOT more poop in the bottom of the tank. I've been doing regular big water changes and getting the substrate real clean. I've also been keeping the light off for most of the day until I get home in the evening and that seems to also been helping. Thanks for the helpful insight.