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Re: [APD] algae in new tank
You didn't mention if the ferts you are using has nitrogen in it. If
none, need to add some fish.
So lets get the tank in balance, reduce the light cycle, and see what
happens. You can wipe off the class and do a small water change after but
getting the tank in balance is the key.
I sent a query to ADA but did not get a response. I feel pretty confident
that there is not any Nitrogen in the ferts but will see..
Small tanks need small fish. IMHO you could go with 4 cherry barbs and, 4
otocinclus catfish for fish, a couple of olive nerite snails and some
cherry shrimp should keep most of the algae under control.
The shrimp will need some calcium in their diet (crab cuizine by hitaki is
pretty good and lasts forever). The ocats will appreciate a little meat
now and then.
All of these critters will nibble knaw and reduce the soft algae
The feeding of this group should get your Nitrogen up to an acceptable
You might want to do a search for Macro Nutrients on the APD site and get a
better understanding of what is needed besides what is provided in the
The AGA, Aquatic Gardeners Association also would be a good site to check
There are a number of species of fish that are absolutely not suitable for
either small or planted tanks. Before you actually purchase them, you
might want to research them for compatability. Unfortunately, sometimes
people selling fish are more interested in selling them than really matching
them to YOUR tank. Buyer Beware!
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