How can I speed up algae growth? - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 12 Old 08-23-2010, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
dfbiggs's Avatar
 
How can I speed up algae growth?

While people are complaining about having it..I am going to complain about not having enough.. okay my current experiment..I bought about 10 small pieces of PVC pipe and I am in the process of trying to grow algae on them and then I will move them to my tank for my RCS and Nerites to play and eat on. Currently they are sitting outside in a plastic container in direct sunlight everyday for about a month now and I have not any sign of algae..so last night I figured I should add something to the container that already has the spores. So I added a piece of algae covered cuttlebone to the PVC container. I will continue to be patient but does anyone have any other suggestions? Should I add plant food or something. I can't believe I am having this problem..seems to grow in my puppies pool just fine.

Danielle

dfbiggs is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 12 Old 08-23-2010, 09:22 AM
Member
 
i had the same problem. Use water from your tank to start with rather than tapwater. I then added a little flourish comprehensive fert and some fish food flakes as a source of ammonia and now have good green water which i use to get algae on some rocks for my otos
sik80 is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 08-23-2010, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
dfbiggs's Avatar
 
Darn it..wish I would have thought about this. I had the perfect water yesterday after my tank change of my dirty snails..prob would have been perfect.

Thanks so much!

Danielle

dfbiggs is offline  
post #4 of 12 Old 08-26-2010, 04:02 PM
Member
 
redchigh's Avatar
 
Actually, for algae you can just use miracle grow.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Christople View Post
^^ genius
__________________

Soil Substrates Guide:
Part 1
--------- Part 2

_____________________
redchigh is offline  
post #5 of 12 Old 08-26-2010, 04:06 PM
hahaha better be sure the rcs like those or you'll be wasting your time lol

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
22 May 2012
kitten_penang is offline  
post #6 of 12 Old 08-26-2010, 04:10 PM
Gold Member
 
aunt kymmie's Avatar
 
I'd be willing to bet that a small addition of some Flourish Excel would have you busting out in algae in no time.

If you don't stand up for something you'll fall for anything...
aunt kymmie is offline  
post #7 of 12 Old 08-26-2010, 04:16 PM
New Member
 
amazon21's Avatar
 
If you didn't use dechlorinator on your tap water, algae isn't going to grow
amazon21 is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 08-26-2010, 06:17 PM
Member
 
Inga's Avatar
 
I have a couple of clay pots in my tank and I shine a clip light on them a few hours a day. They get algae and they act as a feeding station for my snails, Oto's and Rainbow shark. They all come to the pots for a snack. They are just in my normal tank though and they get Flourish 2 times a week. Well, the plants do but they are in the water. lol
Inga is offline  
post #9 of 12 Old 08-27-2010, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
dfbiggs's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by kitten_penang View Post
hahaha better be sure the rcs like those or you'll be wasting your time lol
Well if they dont I still have snails that will like to eat the algae and they also like snailing along smooth surfaces..

Danielle

dfbiggs is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 08-27-2010, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
dfbiggs's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by dfbiggs View Post
While people are complaining about having it..I am going to complain about not having enough.. okay my current experiment..I bought about 10 small pieces of PVC pipe and I am in the process of trying to grow algae on them and then I will move them to my tank for my RCS and Nerites to play and eat on. Currently they are sitting outside in a plastic container in direct sunlight everyday for about a month now and I have not any sign of algae..so last night I figured I should add something to the container that already has the spores. So I added a piece of algae covered cuttlebone to the PVC container. I will continue to be patient but does anyone have any other suggestions? Should I add plant food or something. I can't believe I am having this problem..seems to grow in my puppies pool just fine.
Well I got some fast algae..by putting my algae covered cuttlebone in the water along with Aqueon plant food and some food pellets..figured it would grow like mold..just had to introduce the spores to make it go faster.

I was using dechlorinator from the start..figures if there is chlorine it will kill the bacteria.

Red- MG is a good idea..didn't think of it.

Thank you all for your help!

Danielle

dfbiggs is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Best lighting for coraline algae growth Mike Coral and Reef Creatures 20 09-10-2010 05:29 AM
Algae Growth PWillis Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 5 03-26-2010 02:10 PM
Red Algae Growth in 90 gal community tank aquariangel Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 4 08-17-2009 02:10 PM
Sudden and strong algae growth crazy4condy Saltwater Fish 1 04-23-2009 07:11 AM
brown algae type growth musho3210 Beginner Planted Aquarium 10 01-21-2007 06:14 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome