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Old 05-30-2011, 06:29 PM   #11
 
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Zebra Nerite Snails! They are cheap, small, pretty and affective at reducing algae growth
+1 to Nerites.

Otas too tend to stay small but they eat only specific algae types. Since it is only a 14 gal tank, you can just use 1 snail. It will clean it up in a week or two.

Or if you want less bio load (Nerites poop a lot too), go with a couple of ghost shrimps.
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Old 05-31-2011, 01:14 AM   #12
 
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I personally use a mystery snail and otos for my big tank, in my little tank I plan on adding otos to next week, as I had to wait for algae growth.
A mytery snail is interesting, and not asexual so without a mate of the opposite sex, reproduction wont happen like with other snails. And mystery snails do a great job at eating algae and all kinds of ugly looking things in tanks.
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Old 06-01-2011, 02:42 PM   #13
 
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I personally use a mystery snail and otos for my big tank, in my little tank I plan on adding otos to next week, as I had to wait for algae growth.
A mytery snail is interesting, and not asexual so without a mate of the opposite sex, reproduction wont happen like with other snails. And mystery snails do a great job at eating algae and all kinds of ugly looking things in tanks.
Agreed. I do have mystery snails as well as Nerites and they are pretty interesting creatures.

On the Otos though, if your algae is all done, they will probably starve to death. They eat a specific type of algae and the lack of algae may be bad for them. Someone can correct me if I am wrong.
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Old 06-01-2011, 02:54 PM   #14
 
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If your nitrates are that low, you need to dose better ferts(Probably need to make some PMDD, or go EI) if you want the algae to diminish. Or just add more fish, or feed more generously.
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