02-06-2011, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Aqua Jon
Algae will always be in the aquarium given any amount of plants. Algae are advantageous and opportunistic. Depending on the lighting and how it interacts with the tank can give you an idea of what algal species to expect and where they will occur. For example in bright areas of the tank expect string algae and staghorn. In medium areas expect green spot algae. And in low light areas expect brown algae. I had only 1 Oto in my 10 gallon, the algae was more than enough for him with only 15 watts of light. There was probably enough algae in there for 5 Otos to eat comfortably. You should introduce algae wafers as a second food source. I used hikari brand to supplement when algae was low, but do not expect the oto's to accept the new food instantly. It may take weeks for them to recognize the wafers as a food source.
okay cool thank you!! do you still have the oto? you should buy him some buddies so he doesnt have to be all alone!