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Old 07-06-2012, 03:20 PM   #1
 
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Question 10 gallon stocking

Could I have a trio of platies (1M 2F) in a ten gallon with 2-3 otos? My water is pretty hard with a pH of 8.2 and a Gh of 7. I need something to clean any algae off of the plants (I sell them to the LFS and they don't like plants with any algae). I would give them a mix of Hikari Sinking wafers (would algae wafers be better?, these have a mix of veggies and meat in them), the occasional cucumber, and any algae they find. A yes/no and any other advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 07-06-2012, 03:38 PM   #2
 
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Is this tank just to grow out plants? If so, then maybe forgo the platies and add more otos. Otos poop a lot and will provide great food for the plants, but they might not like how high the pH is. Do you know your KH? If you have a low enough KH, your pH might drop to a better level for otos.

I think I remember hearing that platies like to nibble on plants, so if you are trying to grow these plants out, that could be a problem.
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Old 07-06-2012, 04:06 PM   #3
 
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This tank is used as a plant grow out tank and for breeding platies. I have not seen the platies nibble the plants at all, but they will rip off bits of dead leaves. My kh is at 10, so my ph is probably not going to drop much. But I think (correct me if I'm wrong) a Gh of 7 is pretty decent, as in not too high. I have kept cories (panda) successfully in this water, so do you think otos would be ok? Thanks!
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:50 PM   #4
 
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My water is very similar, and I've kept otos successfully for nearly 2 years now. The main thing with otos is to make sure that you have brown diatoms (algae) in your tank. They don't eat much else until they are settled in the tank.
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:37 PM   #5
 
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All right. I have a lot of algae on the back wall of my tank. I rarely clean it.
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:10 PM   #6
 
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With that KH your pH won't drop too much if at all. While GH is important (and I know we talk a lot about it), pH is important, too. Your pH is out of the range of otos, so I don't expect them to fare as well. But they can survive as evidence by Kay's experience.
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Old 07-06-2012, 10:34 PM   #7
 
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Well, I guess I'll try it out. But if it doesn't work out, Ghost shrimp?
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