Is it time to get an Oto?

Discussion in 'Algae' started by Florian Pellet, Jun 27, 2016.

  1. Florian PelletWell Known MemberMember

    Hey everyone,
    I just realized algae is growing super fast in my tank these days. It's freshly planted so plants haven't had time to fully develop yet.

    From these photos, can you identify what it is?


    I am not dosing, not injecting CO2, but I do have my light on 12h a day. My aquarium is way understocked and I am not overfeeding.

    Can I expect this problem to go away on its own? Will my growing shrimp population take care of it? Should I dose something? Should I get some Otos?

    Tell me if you need more information about my tank.

    Thank you!
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 23, 2018
  2. Coradee

    CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

  3. tyguy7760

    tyguy7760Fishlore VIPMember

    I would cut the lights back to 8 or so hours a day. That is probably the main culprit. Typically there are no "creatures" that will solve an algae problem. It looks like hair algae to me but I'm not algae expert. Nerite snails though are very good algae cleaners as are amano shrimp but I'd try solving it with the lighting first.
  4. OP

    Florian PelletWell Known MemberMember

    Thanks Coradee and tyguy7760 :) My strategy was to try and leave the lights on quite a bit to establish a good carpet of dwarf baby tears (to try and outcompete the algae) and then diminish the amount of light.

    Should I tune back to 8 hours a day right now? Won't my dwarf baby tears suffer from this?
  5. DebsR

    DebsRValued MemberMember

    My amanos have been great at clearing up my hair algae issues. They cant get enough of it :)

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