Typical asked question thats anoying me


Guru Class Expert
Jan 24, 2005
Droitwich, UK
Please can I have a simple answer to this question, I have seen it asked a few times by admins on some sites
'How do I get rid of algae in my tank, its got average lights and is fairly well planted?'
I do the EI and it works for me, but not everyone wants to do it because of the expense, so what do you say? I am getting fed up with seeing posts where people reply 'buy a plec' I saw apost tonight where they said they had 'borrowed a otto from their lfs...)

Tom Barr

Staff member
Jan 23, 2005
Re: Typical asked question thats anoying me

EI is extremely cheap, KNO3/KH2PO4 is very cheap, traces cost some, but the plant growth and sales of the cuttings off set that.

If they do not use CO2, then that's another story.
Otherwise, they will extremely hard pressed to beat the price on basic ferts from Greg or hydroponic suppliers.

I tell folks to focus on growing the plants, something will grow there, they have a choice of what, if they like algae and don't want to do anything about it other than take a pill or add a fish, well.......
They will not be happy and need to live with the algae.

Ottos are really good for diatoms and that's about it.
Plecos, larger ones tend to be plant eaters.

Tom Barr