03-22-2012, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by rjwwrx
I had a problem with the diatoms in my tank for about 6-7 months. They just recently came under control. I wasn't really getting any new diatom growth, but it was still hanging out all over my plants. Mainly my crypts and bacopa. I was in the market for some small catfish, so I picked up 8 otocinclus catfish and within a week all of the brown was gone from my plants. Amazing little vegetarians. Now I extended my light on time by an hour to hopefully encourage a small amount of algae for these guys to feed on. Tank is staying diatom free, at least none I can see before my otos gobble it up.
I've had otos in the past, but I didn't want to rush out and get and then the algae clear up. I've heard it's hard to get them to eat wafers.