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musho3210 01-17-2007 08:54 PM

brown algae type growth
ouch, bad news, i got a large algae type growth, it is brown, thats all i can say, it is growing on my ornaments, my wall, and my fake plants, i got a large growth near the side of the wall, i'll take a picture of it once i get a camera. It is brown (the color of poop) and it grows in spots, any help?

Lonewolfblue 01-17-2007 09:02 PM

Brown algae is diatoms. They will go away on their own in a few days to a few weeks. Or the other option, Otos. They love the stuff.

musho3210 01-17-2007 09:03 PM

do they pose any threat, or are they just ugly cause they look like poop

Lonewolfblue 01-17-2007 09:11 PM

Nope, diatoms don't pose any threat, just look bad sometimes. And Otos are really cute little guys, and stay very small. ;)

musho3210 01-17-2007 09:15 PM

i see where your going, wouldnt my tank be a bit over crowded? 7 zebra danios, and i plan on getting 2 bolivian rams, and now maybe i should get like 2 otos? Is this over stocked? I have a 20 gallon high tank with two 20 gallon power filters (adds up to 40 gallons). If i need to i could get more stuff, i got 100 dollars as birthday money so i might get a power head for extra oxygen. But im still worried about over crowding...

Lupin 01-17-2007 09:36 PM

Of course not.:) Put the fish's habitual use of different levels into consideration. Bolivians stay mostly on the bottom or mid level and with two small otos, it's not overstocked.

musho3210 01-17-2007 09:51 PM

ok good. What size do ottos get and do they need driftwood?

Lonewolfblue 01-17-2007 09:54 PM

Nope, don't need driftwood. They get to maybe 1.5-2"

musho3210 01-17-2007 09:56 PM

ok so danios are around the same size as ottos. Lets look at it at a worse case scenario, all my fish turn out to be big for there size. That would mean 9 2 inch fish, making 18 inches of fish, plus 2 3 inch fish making my tank 24 inches of fish.... Hmm i need to do more water changes, im just lucky i got double filtration

musho3210 01-17-2007 09:58 PM

since were not talking about algae anymore, let this thread die and move on to this thread, there talking about the same thing

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