Is An Octocinclus Good Fit For My Tank?

SpeedyFish

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I have a 46 gallon tank current stocked with 5 black skirts, 10 cardinal tetras, 2 bolivian rams, and orange rio von tetras. I'm noticing algae growing on my plants and want to get some algae cleaners for my plants. I currently have nerite snails, but they're too large to stay on my plants and would call off.

I was thinking about getting some Octocinclus as support algae eaters and just wondering if they would be a good fit for my tank.

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Mmm, I dont know, your temperature is quite high. They will probably do well on 82 but 84 and up I dont know.
You should consider eliminating algae from the root, maybe too much light? Too little water changes? I dont know.
Your water is quite hard and it worries me because most ottos are wild caught so I dont know about that. Hopefully someone can help us out.
If you are gonna get ottos I would suggest thinking about getting at least 8, the more the better, and I really mean it this time.
 

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Have you tried getting some of the horned nerite snails? They are smaller than the regular nerites and they LOVE to eat the algae off of plants and decorations. A lot of the times they are black and yellow and most have small horns.
 

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Siamese algae eaters would be better suited to that temperature (thought it's still too warm). Otos need water in the lower 70s, so that's a no-go.
 
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Have you tried getting some of the horned nerite snails? They are smaller than the regular nerites and they LOVE to eat the algae off of plants and decorations. A lot of the times they are black and yellow and most have small horns.
I may have to get some smaller ones. My bigger nerite does an awesome job on the glass and larger decorations.
 

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I agree with Mike, I would not do otos either. As he mentioned they are cooler-water. I would never keep them close to 82.
 
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