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bubbles1 11-18-2012 11:17 AM

Collecting wild algae?
Yesterday I was at my local creek, and I always grab some anarchis and other plants for my pond and sometimes aquarium, but yesterday I saw various types of algae, like there was some thick algae grass looking thing, some large clumps of green looking fibres and some areas that were large green water spots, i was wondering if I could get some of these to feed to my mbuna/pleco? Also would it be possible to grow some of that algae in one of my tanks?

All help is considered!

Thanks for all suggestions


redchigh 11-18-2012 11:36 AM

Definately quarantine the algae first, all sorts of toxic chemicals can stimulate algae and be in it.

I would also worry about diseases... I've collected anarchis and other plants before, but algaeseems more likely to have nasties since its more of a conglomerate of different organisms already.

Fish would probably not mess with anything "slimy" but can you post a pic of the other two?

bubbles1 11-18-2012 12:15 PM

I'm goin to the creek soon so ill take a pic, this algae isn't really part of the creek it is connected to it, it was a runoff from the fields, the government made it cause these fields of grass were flooding and flooding nearby homes, so they created at runoff to the field and dug up a lot of rocks (this happened at the beginning of the summer and now it's infested with different algaes, there are no fish or frogs in it or anything, only small algaes and slow moving water, but I'll get some pics soon, I was more interested in getting some rocks with simple algae on them, but I'll see some of the floating algae

fish monger 11-18-2012 01:45 PM

No sign of life other than the algae speaks volumes. I wouldn't use wild caught materials unless that was the purpose of the tank.

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