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Here are pictures of my new aquarium it's 6 weeks old and I now have all the fish I"m going to put in there. With the decorations... Minus a possible algae eater of some sort "still don't Know.... " what type.
I plan on Vaccuming this tank every 2 weeks along with weekly water changes. They seem to be doing well.

Schmidtys tank - 10 gallon Freshwater fish tank
 

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thanx for the advice. I dunno if adding 2 more cory would overload my tank or not? Right now I am having trouble keeping this brown algae down.
 

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With as much light that you have, algae may be a problem since it has no plants to compete with. Adding some live plants will help with that. You could do some wisteria, java fern, or lace fern. When I started my 2.5g Betta Tank, I originally didn't want live plants, but with an 8 watt light for 2.5g, the algae took off, and the plants helped reduce that.

Whats the total fish count?
 

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thanx for the advice. I dunno if adding 2 more cory would overload my tank or not? Right now I am having trouble keeping this brown algae down.
Have your water tested or buy a water testing kit, if you do not have one. If the tank is cycled, zero ammonia and nitrites, I think it would be fine to add a couple more cory.
 

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brown diatoms are common in new tanks generally they help the tanks stabilize a little by consuming the extra nitrates and will eventually die off and be replaced with the more common green algae. In terms of algae eater, your really limited to just Otos in a 10 gallon. They consume brown diatoms like no other algae eater does, but are very sensitive to water conditions. They are generally kept in groups of at least 3 or 4 but will do ok in pairs. They will need algae wafer feeding later on, but then again anyl algae eaters would need that.
 

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If you don't want an algae eater, I notice my swordtails are always picking at algae that grows on my plants. You could always add one or two of them for some color in your tank too. However, it is true that cories do better in small shoals of at least 3.
 
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