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    help on brown algae!

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    my tank is infested with brown algae! tank walls and my java moss! anybody have any solution ? what fish can i add ?

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    help on brown algae!

    my tank is infested with brown algae! tank walls and my java moss! anybody have any solution ? what fish can i add ?

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    help on brown algae!

    my tank is infested with brown algae! tank walls and my java moss! anybody have any solution ? what fish can i add ?

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    help on brown algae!

    my tank is infested with brown algae! tank walls and my java moss! anybody have any solution ? what fish can i add ?

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    Brown algae = diatoms

    Too much silica in water

    Too little light

    Soln: Increase lighting, and remove as much as possible my hand
    The key to success is patience. If that fails, screw the guy in front of you!!

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    Otos!!! Get otos.
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    What does OTOs stand for?
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    On 10/30/2002 11:00:29 PM

    Brown algae = diatoms

    Too much silica in water

    Too little light

    Soln: Increase lighting, and remove as much as possible my hand
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    What do you mean by too little light? I am now under the attack of brown algae too, and I have 2 X 36W PL lights. On from 3pm to 1am (10 hrs) Do I need another PL light or have it on longer?

    Also, too much silica? From where?
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    How big is yr tank?

    if your a 3 feet tank with only 2 X36W then it is way too little

    Go with the guide of abt 3W/gal

    And make sure they are spread out evenly = even light distribution. Else the shaded area will also have diatoms

    Got a few websites: Chuck's

    Search the forum, sorry can't help you in the net area. Quite new here as well.
    The key to success is patience. If that fails, screw the guy in front of you!!

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    On 11/4/2002 9:08:52 PM

    What does OTOs stand for?
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    otos is kind of algae eater.. theres a pic of it inside the gallery here`s the address
    http://www.aquaticquotient.com/galle...?fi****emid=35

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    What does OTOs stand for?
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    I think normally they are known as Ottos and not Otos. Anyway, Ottos is the short form for the word "Ottocinclus". They are very good algae eaters, specifically, brown algae growing on the sides of the tank or on the leaves of aquatic plants.

    The Otto looks like a tadpole and the local fish shops call it "Xiao Jing Ling" which means something like "Little Imp". Be careful when buying Ottos from fish shops as they die easily if not properly conditioned.

    Gan at Lim Chu Kang sells them for $1 a piece. Very fair price and his fish are very stable.

    Loh K L

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    Timebomb, sorry, gotta correct you... it's one 't' only. Otocinclus affinis. []

    Route, sorry should have been clearer. Look in the AQ gallery for the fish gallery and look for Otocinclus affinis under catfish.
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    I thought it was otto is it because it was name otto last time and they change it to oto all is it oto all the time? beats me...[]
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    No... it has been Otocinclus all this while. 'Ottos' is probably a mis-spell from pronounciation. Anyway, it does not matter if its 'Otos' or 'Ottos' cos its a common name.

    However, for sci. name, IMO, we should try to get it correct as much as we can.
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    got yamatoes and my algae problem seems to be improving. one other thingi s that i notice my shrimps are eating my glossos...

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    "The Otto looks like a tadpole and the local fish shops call it "Xiao Jing Ling" which means something like "Little Imp". Be careful when buying Ottos from fish shops as they die easily if not properly conditioned. "

    I thought Pygamy Cory is call "Xiao Jing Ling".
    Oh Well, Rainbow puts them together with Oto so they may have mixed them up but I only pluckout the cory. So S$2/pc.
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    On 11/4/2002 9:19:36 PM

    How big is yr tank?

    if your a 3 feet tank with only 2 X36W then it is way too little

    Go with the guide of abt 3W/gal

    And make sure they are spread out evenly = even light distribution. Else the shaded area will also have diatoms

    Got a few websites: Chuck's

    Search the forum, sorry can't help you in the net area. Quite new here as well.
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    Mine is a 2 X 1 foot tank
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