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Old 12-20-2005, 01:04 PM   #1
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Do plecos eat brown algae?

Do plecos eat brown algae?
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Old 12-20-2005, 01:10 PM   #2
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I had a tube that was Covered in diatoms inside and out. My bristle nose (when she was small) cleaned the entire thing in just a few hours.
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Old 12-20-2005, 02:19 PM   #3
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I don't think plecos actually eat brown diatom algae; rather, they probably just knock it off surfaces as they're grazing for the green stuff.
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Old 12-21-2005, 10:59 AM   #4
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I don't think they eat it either. They may be a few species but none come to mind.
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Old 12-21-2005, 01:10 PM   #5
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generally, no. Otocinclus (ottos) are brown diatom 'algae' eaters.
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Old 12-21-2005, 10:29 PM   #6
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my deco's are getting filled with brown dots is this algae and will my ottos eath this?
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Old 12-21-2005, 10:34 PM   #7
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Yes, the brown dots are diatoms and your oto's will devour it.
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Old 12-21-2005, 10:43 PM   #8
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where does diatoms come from is it from sunlight? or nitrats etc?
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http://freshaquarium.about.com/libra...algaebrown.htm Here is a little info about them.
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should i stick any other foods in there for my ottos or a little of algae is good enough. i got algae waffers
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