when does alage growth start?

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Hi Everyone,

I have a 29 gal f/w set up for almost six weeks now. Have two live plants and six zebra danios in it. Have 15w flourescent bulb going 12 hours a day. When will algae start to grow? Thanks
 

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You should start seeing it anytime now.
 

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The first type of algae you will probably see looks like rust or brown slime. It's called 'diatoms'. They are actually microscopic organisms with silica skeletons that are only temporary. Shortly thereafter you will begin to see the more typical types of algae begin to form. A pleco or some otos will eat that stuff up!
 
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Thanks for the replies guys....its funny...just after I typed my question I looked over to the tank and noticed these brown rusty spots which are probably the diatoms....ha ha ha. Thanks again.......
 

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vin said:
The first type of algae you will probably see looks like rust or brown slime.  A pleco or some otos will eat that stuff up!




otos will say "yummy, yummy!!!"

Rose
 

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I had some in my tank. I put my oto in and it was gone within 2 days!!
 

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Yes, I've read this is the best time to add Otos. Of course you should only get Otos if you want them, but if you are planning too they will love the diatoms.
 
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too funny...thanks for the help....I was planning on adding Ottos....but my tank hasn't fully gone through its cycle yet...bad idea to add now?
 

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Oh yes don't get Otos until the tank is cycled. The diatoms will probably be gone by then, so I would wait and add them last when regular algae is starting to grow.
 
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