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Old 06-08-2011, 04:07 PM   #11
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was it my bad nitrates?
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was it my bad nitrates?
Probably ammonia or nitrite.
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Nope, your no2 was fine, plecos, otos, etc will eat algae, but need supplemental feeding to stay healthy (ie algae wafers) and those in turn add to your bioload, not to mention the amount of waste they produce. My amano shrimp (or AES=Algae Eating Shrimp) eat all kinds of algae and need no additional food, since the eat leftover food and even poop to survive/thrive.
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Old 06-08-2011, 04:24 PM   #14
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Nope, your no2 was fine, plecos, otos, etc will eat algae, but need supplemental feeding to stay healthy (ie algae wafers) and those in turn add to your bioload, not to mention the amount of waste they produce. My amano shrimp (or AES=Algae Eating Shrimp) eat all kinds of algae and need no additional food, since the eat leftover food and even poop to survive/thrive.
Wish the amano shrimp were available in the NW/ UK! Nothing is available in the N/W of the UK..I have written it down, but I know there won't be a local supplier.
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One other thing I wanted to add, with shrimp (the one you have for instance) is to put in some kind of moss, like java moss (common here) so the shrimp will have some place to call home, will lay eggs in it, clean it (gotta love that ) and the moss will use nitrAtes (no2) in you tank as food. So it's a win-win addition.

Here's a site with info on moss: PlantGeek.net - Plant Guide

EDIT: There's a number of UK members here you should seek out that have shrimp and they can help with local or online availability for AES or anything really.
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Having an algae problem then. The first thing is to find the factor causing it, a too long photoperiod (amount of time a day the lights are on) is the usual culprit. Specially if you are not adding ferts.
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Thank you everyone.
I have asked about "Ottos," and my local supplier is getting some in next week..
I have bought a combi-kit also1 (ran around every store I could find..!)
I also bought a small Plec.. Maybe not the best idea, but I'll try again..
Shrimps, I am still working on.. I will get a couple when they are available, but living in a small town, will be a case of bugging my supplier!!
ALL my levels are remaining stable at the mo.. Nitrate3, still only at acceptable...
Thank you SO MUCH guys! You are being a great source and support! x
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Thank you everyone.
I have asked about "Ottos," and my local supplier is getting some in next week..
I have bought a combi-kit also1 (ran around every store I could find..!)
I also bought a small Plec.. Maybe not the best idea, but I'll try again..
Shrimps, I am still working on.. I will get a couple when they are available, but living in a small town, will be a case of bugging my supplier!!
ALL my levels are remaining stable at the mo.. Nitrate3, still only at acceptable...
Thank you SO MUCH guys! You are being a great source and support! x
What type of pleco?
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