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post #1 of 6 Old 09-22-2011, 01:21 AM Thread Starter
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can i keep these fish in my tank?

i wanted to get some opinions on this... i have some algae growing in my 10gal tank and i wanted to know if getting one plecostomus or otocinclus to eat some of the algae would be ok in a 10 gal tank with 4 ghost shrimp and 4 zebra danios. it says on some websites that they shouldnt be kept with delicate fish but i would like other opinions please! thank you!
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-22-2011, 01:42 AM
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I have to say no on the pleco even a bristlenose pleco is going to get 4-5" which is way to big for your 10g. There is no pleco I know of that will be small enough. I have no idea as I've never keep otos. My next question is why do you have algae finding the source will be easier than buying a fish to fix it. How long has the tank been set up? Is it getting sunlight? What kind of lighting and how long?

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post #3 of 6 Old 09-22-2011, 02:10 AM Thread Starter
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I have to say no on the pleco even a bristlenose pleco is going to get 4-5" which is way to big for your 10g. There is no pleco I know of that will be small enough. I have no idea as I've never keep otos. My next question is why do you have algae finding the source will be easier than buying a fish to fix it. How long has the tank been set up? Is it getting sunlight? What kind of lighting and how long?

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my tank has been set up since around the beginning of august so not even 2 months yet.i dont put the tank in direct sunlight but my tank is lit up with 10,000k bulb lights and i leave them on for around 8-11 hrs a day.
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-22-2011, 04:28 AM
Bottom feeders sometimes will eat algae but it really is always gonna be your job to scrape it off the walls and you need to feed an oto veggies and algae wafers and you need to keep them in a group if you really want to you can get maybe three and since they get 2 inches long each touch only get like one inch more of fish so another zebra danio should be fine

16 gallon - 11 neon tetras, 6 Pygmy cories, 6 kuhli loaches and 1 male Betta
15 gallon - 1 male Betta, 3 platies, and 5 guppies
6 gallon - 1 male Betta

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In My Opinion a Betta deserves nothing smaller than a 5 gallon tank
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-22-2011, 06:09 AM
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Also with that much light I would cut it down to around 6 hrs this should cut the algae down some. If you are getting brown algae this is called diatoms which is common with new tanks after awhile and some water changes it should go away. Hope this helps
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-22-2011, 11:01 AM
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As has been mentioned by other members, the type of algae makes a difference in how you handle it. Also, no mention is made of live plants or not, and these make a difference.

The type of light also impacts algae. Light that is high in the blue spectrum, as 10,000K is, encourages algae more than light around 5,000K-7,000K which is less cool [the blue] and more warm [toward red]. Reducing the period of light is also significant, or even leaving it mainly off if there are no plants.

On the fish, although i do not recommend zebra danio in a 10g tank, since you have them i would get two more for a group of six. They will be better.

When I know about plants I can offer more.

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