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Monster Hair Algae
OK. The reason I was originally asking about the Amano shrimp is that I
was hoping they would eat my monster hair algae. After interrogating
everyone about their care, I marched down to my LFS--and they were out of
shrimp. On a whim I bought five Oto's. Later I did the research on the
web that I should have done sooner. :-)
OK, Otos are not good at eating hair algae. The question is, what is?
Looking at some old posts, I'm coming to conclude that some species of
barb might be an option. (I think plecos would make snacks out of my
plants!) So, what species would be best?
Currently the 40-gallon only has a platy in it, which I can get rid of if
the barbs are *incompatable* with it. However, in the future I was
thinking about a red-tail shark, some cories, and perhaps some species of
dwarf cichlid or other, so it needs to be something "compatable" with
them. Any ideas? Rosy barbs, perhaps?
The hair algae hasn't reached plague proportions yet (it has in the past,
before I tore down the tank because of a leak...). Up until now I have
been keeping it in check by removing it manually, but I would like a
little help. :-) I don't feel like taking the tank apart a second time in
order to bleach everything (I'm kicking myself for not doing this while I
was remodeling before!). I'm sure there are ways to eleminate it once and
for all, but for some reason I get a kick out of biological control.
(Miniature contained ecosystem approach...).
Any ideas? Sorry if this is too long!
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