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Hi guys!

After lurking here for a while I thought it was about time I made my first post!

It was the trader forums that brought me in, but the helpful and knowledgeable community has kept me coming back.

I've got a 2ft tank with 6 neons, 5 rummy nose (my 2 year old calls them runny nose ;-) ), and 2 peppered corys. It's trying to be a planted tank with a few swords, an anubias and 2 banana lilies I picked up cheap the other day. I have a small atman internal filter that I hope to replace with an aquaclear hang on soon (just waiting for one to go up for sale on the boards ;) ).

I also have my share of brown algae :( , everything I've read says it'll clear itself up in a few weeks but I can't stand to see it covering my pretty plants...

I like to do a bit of photography, so hopefully I'll be able to post some pics of my tank in the photo forum soon.

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not too sure on the algae situation but maybe read up on spotted headstanders they might be able to help with the algae on your plants without eating the plant itself?


Thanks for the tip. I was considering getting an otto, but they were pretty expensive at the lfs. Some pages I've say brown algae is part of setting up a new tank, I just hope I'm not doing anything to make it worse.

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I cleaned it off the anubias last week, but I don't like the thought of having to clean it off the swords... every week... till (if) it clears. I think I'm getting an otto on the weekend. ;-)

I just noticed today that a few of my fish have some damaged fins. I'm pretty sure one of the neons has been doing it. The victims are 2 or 3 neons and 1 rummynose. Is it normal for neons to nip each other?

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