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Old 11-17-2012, 04:40 PM   #1
 
Cory or small pleco?

Hello All, I have a 10 gallon planted tank with 4 Neons, 4 Silvertips, and 2 Platties. I am going through some sort of diatom problem right now and i was wonder if purchasing a cory cat or a pleco would help? I was wondering if it would be too much for the tank to handle? Thanks.
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Old 11-17-2012, 04:51 PM   #2
 
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Hello All, I have a 10 gallon planted tank with 4 Neons, 4 Silvertips, and 2 Platties. I am going through some sort of diatom problem right now and i was wonder if purchasing a cory cat or a pleco would help? I was wondering if it would be too much for the tank to handle? Thanks.
neon tetras like to have more room to swim around, as they are a hyper fish. silvertips like larger groups of 10 and should be kept in a 15+, platties should be in a 20 also. oto cats are good for a 10. but i would only do 2. really the only thing suited for a small tank. most plecos need at least 20 gallons. common plecos are the worst to get for a small tank as they can get up to 2 feet.
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:06 PM   #3
 
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Hello All, I have a 10 gallon planted tank with 4 Neons, 4 Silvertips, and 2 Platties. I am going through some sort of diatom problem right now and i was wonder if purchasing a cory cat or a pleco would help? I was wondering if it would be too much for the tank to handle? Thanks.
From what I understand, that is a temporary problem. I wouldn't add anything. Any pleco would get too big and corys need to be in a group of at least three.
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:15 PM   #4
 
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If I were you, I'd buy:
2 neons (they like a group of 6, minimum)
2 silver tips (same reason)

Are you sure its diatoms and not poop?

Back on topic: Cories do not eat algae and also like to be in groups.
"small plecos" (like bristlenose) eat some algae, but produce too much waste to be an option. Ottos LOVE diatoms, but will starve once the diatoms are gone. They're also sensative to water params.

Diatoms usually go away after some time, but adding some snails might help. I'd reccomend nerites since they won't breed.
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