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post #1 of 4 Old 01-16-2012, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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Algea Eater for Planted 10g

My 10g planted is doing very well. I think I had the light duration set a little too long at 9hrs. First week was good but I was gone last week and came home to find a minor outbreak of algea on the glass and plant leaves. I'm not sure what it is, I'll try to get a picture and ID it in the next day or two but it is kind of a fur covering the leaves, brown/blackish. Not sure what if anything will eat it. I already reduced the lights to 7hrs to try and halt it. What kind of algea eater would be good for a 10g. I know that most pleco's will get too large. Currently its stocked with 4 high fin tetra and some snails that came with a transplanted plant lol.

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post #2 of 4 Old 01-18-2012, 08:09 AM
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The snails will clean it given time.

Reduce feeding slightly so they target the algae and not the food waste.

If you keep up with frequent water changes then the algae will have very little chance to establish. You are right at reducing your light duration.
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-18-2012, 08:30 AM
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Oto's would probably do the trick
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-18-2012, 01:24 PM
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In a 10g, I agree with snails. And reducing light duration. No suitable fish for that tank will touch brush algae.

For info, Otos, Bristlenose, Farlowella, Whiptails...none of these will eat brush or beard algae.

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