September 12, 2014
I recently acquired 3 Stiphodon gobies and wondered what algae people grow and how you do it?
I currently have some rocks in water in the garden and just rotate them through the tank when they are green. This just produces slimy algae which they don't seem too interested in.
They do chew on New Era catfish pellets but i would prefer to get the proper food growing for them.
I also have a mature sponge filter in the tank.
The 2 females are nice and plump but the male is very skinny and i would like to get him back to normal.
Any tips greatly appreciated.
May 4, 2014
What you can do is go for a walk and find some water bodies or even puddles where you can collect stuff with sessile algae. Best is to collect couple different types from different places. Dependent on current weather and light conditions where you live, you can culture these either outdoors or in a special tank. How its done. Get a liquid NPK combined fertilizer (with microelements) the version for the growths of young plants (high in N). Use the lowest concentration for the plants, that should do the work and place the stones or whatever in there. Be carefull with direct sunlight, this could start a growth of "greenwater" that is worthless for you and and could inhibit the growth of the sessile algae. Use different buckets for different algae,some may be easier to cultivate then others, some may relase substances that would destroy other algae and so on. If you want a "top notch product" , once you grow the algae on stones, place these to some bucket with clean water that has 0 levels of macroelements for about 3 days. This will make the algae to create stocking substances like fats and starches. Than you can place them in to the actual tank for feeding. What is most important: For most algae eaters the most valuable food source are the sessile Rotifera and other microorganisms populations on the surface of the algae that feed on algae itself. True algae are very uneasy to digest for higher organisms. These rotifiers make the nutrients available for higher organisms and of course the more nutritious algae you grow, the more nutritious are the critters feeding on them. Hope that helps.
You could also culture the sessile Rotifera as such, using the methods that are used for well known fresh and saltwater cultures, e.g. green water, yeast and stuff, I am sure it would work gerat for conditioning them, it is just a little harder to cultivate them as their are much quite easy to kill when you overfeed the culture. But still definitely worth trying, you can obtain the the starting culture the same way as with algae. Of course if you cycle stones in the tank you will probably end up contaminating the algae cultures and culturing a mix anyways.
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