Clean up crew question

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by tabshire95, Aug 10, 2014.

  1. tabshire95Valued MemberMember

    I recently got a new light And my plant growth sky rocketed. However, algae growth has also sky rocketed. I don't have any type of a clean up crew in this 55 gallon tank. Should I consider gettin. Some otos or shrimp or snails?

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  2. MamajinWell Known MemberMember

    The plant people (that sounds sooo funny lol) could better help you with advice on how to keep the algae under control with other methods. You should never add anything to your tank that you don't really love and want. They should never be added to perform a "job".

  3. tabshire95Valued MemberMember

    Well. I'm a sucker for shrimp I should've probably elaborated that haha. I have a shrimp tank as well and they're fun too watch. But I guess my biggest question is what would perform the task best. I love the look of little Otos too. But I planned on finishing my stocking with boesmani rainbows and I'm concerned they would eat the shrimp.

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  4. EricVFishlore VIPMember

    If you are dead set on adding something to help with algae I'd suggest nerite snails. They do a more effective job than almost anything else I've worked with, are inexpensive, and won't multiply in the tank.

    That being said I agree that the more prudent course of action would be to fix the underlying issues that are causing the algae in the first place rather than adding creatures to clean up the mess. In this case simply leaving your lights on for a shorter period each day would probably be enough to curb the algae growth.
  5. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Reducing the amount of light can help.

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  6. tabshire95Valued MemberMember

    Yeah I toned back my light time I started that yesterday once I noticed such an extreme jump in growth. 8 hours of light time is what I'm trying now instead of the 10 it was usually getting.

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  7. DelaneywWell Known MemberMember

    Love nerite snails! Ours hangs out by the filter by day, but at night he moves fast!

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  8. KindafishyValued MemberMember

    How you combat algae largely depends on the type. Do you know what kind it is, or can you post some good pics?
  9. tabshire95Valued MemberMember

    Its a Spotty brown algae, if that helps any. I'll try to snap a picture after work.
  10. jdhefModeratorModerator Member

    Spoty brown algae...sounds like diatoms to me. Very common in new tanks and while unsightly, it is harmless and will go away on it's own in time.
  11. tabshire95Valued MemberMember

    I just googled it, its definitely that kind of algae. It's prolific towards the substrate and the one side of the tank facing the window. (I closed the blinds now that the new light is working so well so hopefully it will subside with time.) and if it is harmless I will give it time and space for it to just die down!
  12. TeishokueWell Known MemberMember

    best cleanup crew is a siphon and some elbow grease

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