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Growing Algae...
August 16, 2010
11:31 am
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Hokum
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I have alot of algae grazers, mainly Hillstream loach but also thinking of getting some Garra. But i'm wondering how do people grow algae for them?

August 16, 2010
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I keep my fishes outdoors so mats of filamentous algae grow naturally but check out this thread. I know several people who grow rocks in windowsill tanks, some of whom use a concoction of chemicals to optimise growth. Guess there are other methods too but others may be better placed to inform.

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August 17, 2010
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I keep a tank on the deck(south facing). I don't do anything special, just add water from established tanks when I do water changes, rich with nitrates & ???? It works pretty well, not great for algae. I also get various insect larvae that I siphon out to feed. I try to keep plenty of river rocks, wood, and anubias in the tanks so there is a good bit growing naturally. From what I've read, silica promotes diatoms(a brown algae), a favorite of many fish, but I haven't worked out a method to add it yet.

August 17, 2010
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QUOTE (Matt @ Aug 17 2010, 12:19 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
I keep my fishes outdoors so mats of filamentous algae grow naturally but check out this thread. I know several people who grow rocks in windowsill tanks, some of whom use a concoction of chemicals to optimise growth. Guess there are other methods too but others may be better placed to inform.

I use the window sill technique at the moment, and it works ok, but takes a while (maybe i should use a light on the top?) those pics are very nice in that thread my tank has some anubias too.

I should take a picture of my tank really and post it, but as it was a second hand tank and was used for a marine tank (the back of the tank was painted blue on the outside) it is not the worlds prettiest tank...

August 17, 2010
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Don't worry about that get some pics up! /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

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August 18, 2010
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yeah, pretty or not we like to see peoples set ups!

September 29, 2010
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Sorry for waking an old thread, but there are also many "algae replacement" foods that work well. Courgette (zucchini for thos on the west side of the atlantic) is the main food I use, but cucumber, peas, green beans, green/red (and yellow/orange variants) sweet pepper (bell pepper), melon, mushrooms, mango, pear, apple, strawberry, pineapple, the thick stalk of broccoli (cooked), and probably another half a dozen different vegetables have successfully been used in my tanks to feed algae-eating plecos.

Many don't sink if they are raw [which is what I prefer to use, as cooking vegetables do loose a little of their "goodness"], so I use a teaspoon to pierce the veg and make it sink. For small/young fish, you may need to lightly blanch (very brief boiling) the veg to make it a bit softer...

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September 30, 2010
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The flexible metal plant weights also work well to keep fresh veggies submerged.

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