I got my tank started up about a week ago and am trying to cycle my tank without fishes.
I had 3 Cherry Red Shrimps (kindly donated by a colleague of mine) and so far one died. The tank is placed at my office as it's really therapeautic to have a little green and nature within my drab looking cubicle.
So far 1 has died and there are signs of algea growing in my tank. I planted some micro sword (still looking pretty sparse) and am intending to get'em Java ferns and Java moss to improve the look of the tank. I have also read that having more plants will help with the cycling process and stabilizing the tank environment.
So am hoping to ensure the environment is stable enough before I introduce any fish into the tank.
My concern is that since algea is beginning to grow in my 1 week old tank, so what should I do?
1) Get more plants: I read it helps to reduce algea growth when u have more plants and stabilize the water conditions before introducing fishes.
2) Get an Otto: To clean up the algea and help in the cycling the tank conditions. But my personal concern is with limited plant growth in my tank at the moment, will the Otto run out of algea to eat and die of starvation?
Am totally new to forums and all the lingo used, therefore I hope y'all can bear with me to help me out here.
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