Hi, I've been doing some digging online since my unfortunate purchase of the 6 goldfish and the 1.5 gallon tank.
Currently(although its still very new) They seem to be doing well in their new 10 gallon tank(Which is very much a temporary housing for them)
My question is about introducting algae into their environment.
The setup has only been running for a day or so, so it is still very much in the cycling process, it has the 6 goldfish ranging from 1-3.5 inches, 2 fake plants, and 3 live plants(which apparently aren't submersible, but have had mixed results living underwater, they are peacock ferns)
It also has a small airstone making lots of nice bubbles in about 1/3 of the tank towards the end, and an aqueon 10(10-20 gallon) filter.
The substrate is just some leftover gravel someone never used, and I am unsure of what it is.
What I'm curious about, is reading around about making algae, mostly for catfish, by leaving a rock or ornament, or something similar in a bowl of water in the sunlight, then introducing the algae's up item into the aquarium.
I was wondering if this would be a bad idea for some reason, or if it could potentially help with the cycling and bacterial growth of the tank, or if it would simply leave me with an algae covered rock in my tank, with no benefits or cons.
I am very interested in doing this to help liven up the tank a bit, but as I am very new, I would love some feedback or comments from the fine folks here who actually know what they're doing.
Thanks for any help,