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PostPosted: 2005.05.10(Tue)23:37    Post subject: Compatablity? Reply with quote

Hey there,

I'm having a bit of a quandry as to how best to clear up the brown algae taking over everything in one of my 29 gallon tanks.

As a prelim., here's what the tank contains: Freshwater 29 gal. tank. The single resident is a male Placidochromis Phenochilus Tanzania. Hard water with a pH of about 8 at approximately 82 degrees F. Right around 10 hours of light/day from a standard flourescent tube. No plants. Water change about once every week.

I've been reading a bit on this list and elsewhere as to how to best manage the problem of brown algae. On the question of lighting, some pages and books say that it's a problem of too much light. Others insist that it's a problem of not enough. There seeming to be no clear consensus on the light aspect, I'd rather look elsewhere for an answer.

The alternative that I've come across that nearly everyone seems to be in agreement on is that the introduction of an Otocinclus or two would do wonders.

So here's the problem: I have a nearly 8 inch, aggressive cichlid sitting cozy in his tank. Would an Oto or two of about 1.5 inches or so even survive being housed with my aggressive, blue speckled beauty, or would Fish Protective Services come and take my little wet friends away to be placed with kinder, gentler and less reckless keepers? I strongly fear that the answer here weighs heavily on the side of potential ichthycide. Could anyone tell me if my hunch is correct?

If this is in fact the case, could anyone suggest another species that would fulfill the functions of 1) surviving being housed together with the tank's current resident, 2) be able to help zap the algae problem and, 3) not overcrowd the tank in the process?

If not, are there any other suggestions to take care of the brown algae problem other than attempting to control the light (since there seems to be no consensus on how to do this or even the fundamentals of how light plays upon the issue in the first place)?

Thanks much!

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PostPosted: 2005.05.10(Tue)23:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. No otos. The Fishie Protective Service would hurt you for hurting the poor little otos.

2. Cut the lighting hours down to 8, or less.

3. Water change more, feed less.

4. I am not familiar with your fish or his temperament, but if the above two do not work, I advise an apple snail or two to help control outbreaks.

Also, do you change your light bulb? If so, how many times a year, and what wattage is it?
But if you tame me, then we shall need each other....You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.
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