Catfish to eat brown algae off of glass

vasyat

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Hi. I have a 16 gallon tank with platies and amano shrimp. The water parameters are good (ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 5) and lighting is on a siesta schedule (6 hours on, 4 off, 4 on). Between the low nitrates and amanos, virtually all of my algae is gone, but I still get brown algae on the aquarium glass. It is very difficult to clean because the amanos chase the brush I use, so I have to be very careful not to hurt them. Question is what catfish would be good at eating the algae off the glass? I like corries but am not sure they would fit the bill. I know snails would work but my daughter just doesn't like them. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

 

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I have had a problem with brown algae in a couple of my tanks with otos so I wouldn't recommend them. I have no algae issues in the tanks with a bristle nose pleco so that's a good option or a couple nerite snails.

Cories will not eat algae off the glass.

For my oto tanks, I just manually clean it as it crops up.
 

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I have had a problem with brown algae in a couple of my tanks with otos so I wouldn't recommend them. I have no algae issues in the tanks with a bristle nose pleco so that's a good option or a couple nerite snails.

Cories will not eat algae off the glass.

For my oto tanks, I just manually clean it as it crops up.
Cories won't eat algae at all.
 

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My mystery snails take care of most of it. I still just wipe the glass once a week with a clean wash cloth. It only takes a few minutes.
 

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There aren't any fish that are appropriate for a 16g that would eat algae and I agree that corys aren't algae eaters.

If this is new setup, diatoms will go away in time. You can just wipe them off yourself.
 

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And it might be helpful to reduce your lighting to 4 hours on, 4 hours off, 4 hours on. 10 hours on is still a lot.
 

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Brown algae often is caused by low lights.
But leaving the low PAR lights on for extra two hours won't be helpful if it's still such a low light, right? Those extra hours might allow other algae types to grow. A better light (with a higher PAR value) would be better.
 

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But leaving the low PAR lights on for extra two hours won't be helpful if it's still such a low light, right? Those extra hours might allow other algae types to grow. A better light (with a higher PAR value) would be better.
The first I don't know, the latter I agree with.
 
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But leaving the low PAR lights on for extra two hours won't be helpful if it's still such a low light, right? Those extra hours might allow other algae types to grow. A better light (with a higher PAR value) would be better.
I use 2 lights in the tank, a 6700k T8 fixture (sold specifically for plants) and a Finnex Stingray. I don't have the ability to measure PAR but am guessing I'm in the low to slightly intermediate range.

 
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