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Limited options #1
Got a small (just over 11 gallon) tank cycling with redmoor root, rocks, Java moss, salvinia, Java fern and micranthemum monte carlo. Looking to get 6-8 Chile rasborahs and a ram once cycle is complete in a few weeks. Lots of brown algae atm but I know from past experience that this is part and parcel of the nitrogen cycle.
Obviously proper feeding regime, fasting day once a week and weekly water changes will be the order of the day once tank is stocked to keep water parameters in the right area. But I would still like some sort of cleaning crew.
Apparently, my water is no good for snail's or shrimp, being as soft as it gets at around 3.3°dh. Plus I don't have the capacity for a group of dwarf corydoras.
Do I have any other options available to me ?
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Re: Limited options #2
Three or four Otocinclus
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Re: Limited options #3
Thanks Fishlady. But isn't my ph of 7.8 a bit high for Otocinclus?
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Re: Limited options #4
It's the underlying water hardness that's the real issue for fish and I recall your recent water report showed you have very soft water. If the water wasn't so soft it would be an issue for your other choices too, especially the ram for whom I would like to see a lower pH.

Have you tested a sample of tap water that's been left to site for 24-48 hours?
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Re: Limited options #5
Not yet. Waiting for test kit to be delivered. Haven't had a tank set up for nearly 4 years so last kit was well out of date.

This is the tank after a week cycling. Plenty of brown algae and some big, white bacterial bloom on the one piece of redroot on the right. The piece on the left was only added last night.

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Re: Limited options #6
Looks nice
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Re: Limited options #7
Thanks. Wanted a natural look rathe than 'scaped to within an inch of its life' look.
Quick question. The tank is open top. I was going to add a plastic cover but the redroot comes above the height of the tank so I can't fit one under the light. So, I'm loosing some volume every day. The redroot has java moss attached to it and various places and a couple of those places are now out of the water as the level has dropped.
Can I add fresh water to a cycling tank ? Can I test the ammonia after adding fresh and then dose accordingly to take it back up to 4 ppm, which is what I'm cycling at ?
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Re: Limited options #8
Yes to both. Just remember to dechlorinate the new water before adding to the tank.
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Re: Limited options #9
Right...My ammonia levels are 4 ppm in 24 hours. Has been since beginning of the last week. How long roughly for my nitrite to reach zero in 24 hours of adding ammonia?
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Re: Limited options #10
Cycles can vary enormously, but in my experience I'd expect another week or two.