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Old 10-06-2008, 10:56 PM   #11
 
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oh and i also attempting to grow algae. i don't know if this is a good way to do it... but i took some tank water and water shaken from the filter, and put two rocks from the backyard in a bucket..out on my deck. now i don't know if the sun will hit it to much, and it's getting colder out now so I don't know... i also put tin foil over it thinking it will suck in the sun, but now i'm thinking it might just repel it? i don't know. either way, it's strangely amusing to see if anything will happen!
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:41 PM   #12
 
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Bummer. The Otos checked out the spinach but then just swam away. Tomorrow I'll try the zucchini. In the meantime I'll keep pulling up plants from the main tank (some have some great algae growing on them) and putting those plants into the Otto's tank. After the Ottos clean them up I then replant them into the main tank. A little tedious but it's working out well for the Ottos and me!
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Old 10-07-2008, 05:40 AM   #13
 
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Haha I've got tons of algae, I wish I could share some!

Solacetiger, You said you had like a 2.5 gallon bowl right? I'm pretty sure you did. You can use that to grow the algae, You don't even have to put it outside, just in a window that gets a lot of sun. I don't know about the tin foil but I would think its keepings things out rather then letting it in.

Does anyone know if ottos with eat the black hairy algae? I want to get rid of this stuff soooo bad.
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Old 10-07-2008, 06:32 AM   #14
 
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Does anyone know if ottos with eat the black hairy algae? I want to get rid of this stuff soooo bad.
Ottos dont eat any type of hair algae. especially the "black beard" algae, which I am trying to get rid of. From my research, the only fish that really eats the black beard is the siamese algae eater (not to be confused w/ chinese algae eater). I have been trying to get my hands on one of these for a while now, but I think I am going to have to order offline.
I think some shrimp eat it too. The cherry reds, but Im not 100% sure.
Also my LFS said that if I set up a CO2 system it will cut down on the stuff, but I dont really feel like going through that right now. good luck

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Old 10-07-2008, 09:06 AM   #15
 
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Haha I've got tons of algae, I wish I could share some!

Solacetiger, You said you had like a 2.5 gallon bowl right? I'm pretty sure you did. You can use that to grow the algae, You don't even have to put it outside, just in a window that gets a lot of sun. I don't know about the tin foil but I would think its keepings things out rather then letting it in.

Does anyone know if ottos with eat the black hairy algae? I want to get rid of this stuff soooo bad.
No, it's just a plastic gallon ice cream bucket. and I have tro keep it outside, otherwise my cat Gandolph will get his mitts in there.... he has a fetish for water and tipping whatever contains it over so he can watch it spill everywhere. P: i'll take t he tinfoil off, lol, but it's good i had it on cause it's raining. :)
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Old 10-07-2008, 10:53 AM   #16
 
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An update on my Ottos: This morning the spinach leaf was skeletonized so hopefully most of the seven guys took turns doing this. I'll continue growing them algae but it's nice to know they'll take the spinach when I'm in a pinch and short on algae. Thanks all!
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Old 10-07-2008, 02:40 PM   #17
 
As far as the hair algae, I reduced my lighting and upped my CO2 and it's started to recede. Not many fish will eat it.
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Old 10-08-2008, 05:48 PM   #18
 
i doubt very seriously if the foil helps. algae needs light to grow. not air. I ordered my SAEs online when I got them 4 years ago. watch out though. they get bigger as they eat up the algae. they also start to eat less as they become dependent on wafers and shrimp pellets. if you only have a couple of them, they can get a little feisty with your peaceful corys if you have some. i got rid of mind because of this. co2 helps because it supplies the plants with carbon with allows them to out compete for nutrients in the water column. watch out here too though. you have to be able to balance light,co2 and nutrients. to little or not enough of one, and you could be back at square one.
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