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Old 02-28-2015, 10:13 AM   #1
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Pictorial spread on growing algae for your Otos.

Credit to various forum members on AA and elsewhere for these ideas. I just compiled them into a How-to photo essay.

This won't apply to everyone, but it's worth sticking in the back of your mind just in case:

Otos and other algae eaters sometimes run out of algae to eat (because YOU are doing such an awesome job of balancing your aquarium's lighting, ferts, and CO2!).

What to do before using back-up algae wafers? Make your OWN algae outside your tanks. Here's how:

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Thoughts? Helpful? Should I do more of these pictorial How-to's for the visual learners out there?


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Old 02-28-2015, 10:24 AM   #2
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I think you should. I'm not a visual learner, but it's great to have pictures. This is a good guide.
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Old 02-28-2015, 11:30 AM   #3
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I love pictures! This is actually really helpful for someone like me.

The only thing I would suggest is a picture of what the final product is supposed to look like. If this is my first time, I'm not going to know what I'm supposed to have created and idk, what if I messed up and made poison wafers and killed them all?! @__@
Bit extreme, I know, but I know it's exactly what I would think lol
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I'll get the final product up as soon as I get it! Just put them together yesterday.


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Old 02-28-2015, 10:27 PM   #5
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The only issue I see is in the first pic some of the letters are hard to see because of the lighting but other than that 10/10


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Old 03-01-2015, 11:46 AM   #6
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My Oto, Frank, actually died before he could enjoy the algae ball farm. I am wondering if he starved to death! It keeps getting reported that they don't/can't eat much in transit and that because most are wild-caught, that could be a ways from the U.S. He wasn't plump, perhaps a little skinny even during the one day he lived. He certainly ate at the walls and moved well while I had him (24 hours?). But there isn't any visible algae in the tank (unless the black leaves are algae, but I removed them already anyway.) I DID have a little glass dish with algae wafers and a couple of Ken's mini veggie sticks with calcium in them. It's possible Frank did not recognize them as food in time!

After my algae balls are going strong I may try again with three Otos. I want to make sure that I can feed them plenty of their preferred natural food first!


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Old 03-01-2015, 01:08 PM   #7
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I think this is a cool idea. Both the growing of your own algae and the pictorial. What kind of ferts would you need to start off? Also, sorry about you Oto.


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Old 03-01-2015, 04:54 PM   #8
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I'm very much a big picture person, so I don't have any order what ferts or with what %. I just squirted in a little of everything that I put in my tank and added a pinch of food. Basically exactly what we should NOT do in our tanks!


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It's a good idea, but time consuming. I prefer spreading this on rocks http://www.amazon.com/Repashy-Soilen.../dp/B00N1EEUN0

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Roughly how long does it take for algae to grow with this method?


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Ruby - just a few days in a sunny window, supposedly. I don't get a lot of direct sun, just some. My window is also not particularly insulated (old house), so chill may slow down growth in MY case. You may have better luck.


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Old 03-01-2015, 09:26 PM   #12
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It's a good idea, but time consuming. I prefer spreading this on rocks http://www.amazon.com/Repashy-Soilen.../dp/B00N1EEUN0

Looks like good stuff! I'm just gonna be Łber-cheap and lazy for now. I will keep it in mind, by the way. Thanks.



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