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Re: [APD] Algae & Critters

SAE's grow very large for a 20 gallon tank - too large actually, and  
their value as algae eaters drops off as they get bigger, so I  
wouldn't get those.  I would get about 6 Otocinclus, the Cherry  
Shrimp and Amano Shrimp.  I have no experience with the snails so I  
have opinion about them.  A well planted tank doesn't need to be  
cycled, so there is no good reason to wait much longer to add the  


On Jan 8, 2007, at 6:30 PM, Wojciech J. Pilat wrote:

> Hello,
> 20 g-heavily planted
> 70 watts-13 hour cycle
> Hagen-ladder-Co2
> Seachem Flourish Ferts._suggested dosing
> 6 diamondback tetras
>  I'm in my 11th day of cycling this new tank and I'm starting to  
> notice some
> clear algae growing atop of the leaves on many plants. I was  
> thinking about purchasing an
> algae squad of critters advertised on "azgardens" as a preventative  
> strike. For a twenty gallon tank they give you 15 nerite snails, 3  
> SAEs,
> 4 Otos, 6 Red Cherry Shrimp, and 5 Amano shrimp. Would they raise  
> the ammonia to toxic levels? Should I wait until
> the tank has cycled through in a month?
> Thanks.

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