10-01-2005, 03:33 PM
Join Date: Nov 2004
I think its a combination of different factors, firstly their substrate system is very good so the plants grow quickly, look at some of ADGs posts about the substrate. Secondly I've read some guides on setting up ADA tanks, the alage is allowed to appear and 'burn' itself out, then they add a lot of c japonica and ottos, you are taking about 30 - 40 for a 60cm tank, and also ottos, while manually removing some of the worse algae, I was pretty shocked when I saw this. I'm not sure how effective ottos are other than keeping the glass clean of brown algae. After this period then a lot of the shrimp are removed and kept in a separate tank, it all seems to be ok. They also dose with green brightly step 1 for the first couple of months I think. This is what I've managed to find out but ADG will give you a better idea obviously as they're doing these tanks in the flesh.