A Good algea eater
Was wondering whats a good algea eater thats small... i have a 14 gallon tank
My tank is heavly planted with some drift wood
Oto's are great algae eaters (I have 5 of them) and stay smalll enough for that size tank. They can be fussy and only eat certain types of algae though and they do appreciate being kept in a group. Snails would help as long as you don't end up being overrun with them LOL. What other fish are in the tank ?
Do you know what type of algae it is? You may be able to solve it by just reducing the light, cut back on feeding etc. I noticed that your nitrates are O, is that because your tank is heavily planted or is your tank cycling...just curious :-).
Um from what i can see i have a build up in the bank of my tank of brownish algea.. i dont specifically knw the name of that type but thats whats been present.. Um the other fish that i have a clown pleco.. from what i understand they are not great algea eaters and it doesnt seem like hes touching the brown algea. and the other fish i have is a single female guppy.. Yes my plant is heavly planted.. i have some drift wood.. with java fern moneywort plant and amazon sword... So how many otos do u thnk i can have in a tank this size
Guppies like to be in groups as well. To prevent over population you could get a few more females. I wish I lived close to you, I could give you a handful of female Guppies. I love my little Otto's. I guess I would get 3 in a tank that size. You will be pretty stocked already then.
Thank you:) They have to like have a place where fish hobbyist like gather and like trade or give fish or fish supplies lol
I thnk i'll be getting about 3 ottos..
Diatoms are one of the Oto's favourite food, but if your tank is newly setup I would suggest waiting at least 3-6 mths before adding the Oto's due to their sensitivity to water quality. I have never kept a planted tank so can't really comment, but having 0 readings across the board doesn't sound right, unless the plants are using up all the nitrates, you should have some level of nitrates showing.
If/when you do buy them, pick ones with nice round stomachs, shows they have been eating well. My Oto's also seem a lot more active since I turned the temperature down to 23* Celsius (instead of 25*), due to the Medakas preferring cooler temps., The oto's seem to prefer it too.
I have never kept plecos either, but thought they would need more space, but you may have plans for a bigger tank in the future.
My tank is not newly set up.. I have had it running for about 6 months going into 7 months.. Yeah i thnk my nitrates are like that due to my tank being heavely planted...
Is there any other good small algea eaters besides otos or amano shirmp that are small?
Zebra Nerite Snails! They are cheap, small, pretty and affective at reducing algae growth
If the algae has suddenly appeared or really bad, you may want to try and find out the cause of it. Algae eaters are good but they only mask the problem, not solve it.
Perhaps you just need to clean the back of your tank more often LOL ;-) you may have to disturb some of the plants if they are in the way.
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