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redchigh 01-15-2013 02:19 PM

Growing algae on purpose- For a volcanic biotope
Wasnt sure where to post this:
I need samples of cladophora algae (not the balls) I think. I have some green hair algae.

I want to make a plant-less algae tank for a Opae-Ula biotope. They live in volcanic rock pools in hawaii.

Anyone have any tips on encouraging the preferred algae species to grow? (I want diatoms, clado, hair, and some of the other green ones, but dont want cyano to take over)

I'm pretty sure I can't use plants at all, but I might experiment with rooted emersed plants above the water line, and mosses are my backup plan if algae doesnt work.

Anyone have any "nice" algae for trade?
Did anyone have non-cyano algae take over? If so, what did you do to cause it?

jentralala 01-16-2013 12:24 AM

I just looked up pictures cladophora algae, and I believe my LFS has it growing in several of her tanks, there's tons of it. I can get some for you, if you'd like. My mother also seems to have diatoms growing on several of the rocks in her tank, I can send you some of those rocks as well.

The lake near me also has tons of algae, but it's stringy brown sludgy stuff, I'm not sure what exactly it is. There are also small bits of green algae on some of the plants.

Geomancer 01-16-2013 07:09 AM

High light, high nutrients = algae farm

Cyano is an organics problem. Water changes and a clean filter should prevent that from showing up.

I'm fighting brush algae in my 125g tank, it's on the portion of the tank where the spray bar keeps the floating plants back, so everything underneath is getting full light. I've ended up blocking the light with a sheet of dark paper on that end.

redchigh 01-17-2013 02:15 PM

Aquascaping is important to me though, so I don't want the algae to take over... Just survive.

I'd also like to keep them seperate, somehow. I might replace some with moss.

aussieJJDude 01-17-2013 02:28 PM

Wow, I would love to see the finished product of this!
It sounds amazing :D

ao 01-21-2013 06:15 AM

There's a salt water species of algae.... forgot the name. I also saw a nice algae scape in another forum, but due to certain restrictions I can't link it here, lol. One word of warning, never try clado emmersed, apprently it's a nightmare.

redchigh 01-24-2013 12:58 PM

I have seen the algaescape, and I'm looking for clasp for that reason... even though the tank doesn't have room for driftwood...

Right now I don't have the plants for it, but the project will be done in a week or so. I'm going to seal it today.

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