Algae growth

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David

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Small spots of algae are appearing on my tank sides and on my driftwood. What kind of algae-eater would you recommend to solve this, that can peacefully co-exist with my fish that I have. Please don't say plec, I don't like them and they may present a threat to my discus.
 
Your tank is fairly lightly stocked for now (unless you plan to add more discus for your lone one now), so it would probably not be too much stress on the bioload to add a school of 4 or 5 otocinculus (which are pleco's, but very small and most likely would not eat your discus's slime coat), just remember to buy algae wafers, as just the algae in the tank will not supplement them forever.
 
How big do the otos get? I definitely don't want 4-5 of them, maybe 2-3 as I want other fish in my tank as well.
 
FrankSlapperinni said:
otocinculus (which are pleco's, but very small and most likely would not eat your discus's slime coat)
Otocinclus Affinis
Family: Loricariidae (Armored catfishes) ,
subfamily: Hypoptopomatinae
Order: Siluriformes (catfish)
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
FishBase name: Dwarf catfish
Max. size: 5.0 cm

Not a pleco
 
It's not really a problem... just several spots of algea here and there. All tanks have some algae, you can't live without it. I just don't want it to overrun my tank.
 
I'll definately back the ottos!!
Check out this thread to see what my ottos did in my tank in just 24 hours!!!! :D
 
Wow. They are a must for my tank then. they really keep that crap under control don't they.
 
danio2004 said:
Not a pleco
Yes they are, they are part of the Loricariidae family.

I also would recommend these, or better still, get to the source of the problem instead to find out what is causing it. A small amount of algae in a tank is normal and natural, more is a problem for which there is a cause.
 
Mine is just a small amount, but I want to get rid of it nonetheless. It's not very attractive.
 
Cheese Specialist said:
danio2004 said:
Not a pleco
Yes they are, they are part of the Loricariidae family.
The hobby term 'pleco' applies to the entire loricid family of sucker-mouthed catfish, and often even (incorrectly) to other sucker-mouthed fish such as the hill stream loach (hong-kong plec)

In reality, almost all the fish we refer to as plecos are not plecos at all. The name originated as a reference to similarity of other sucker-mouthed catfish to the Hypostomus Plecostomus, one of the first 'plecs' to be kept in the hobby.

So yes, Oto's are plecs.

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