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squishylittlefishies 01-18-2013 09:44 PM

encouraging algae growth
I know this seems like an odd question, but how can I make more algae and diatoms grow in my fish tank? The first fish I ever had in my tank are otos. I love them! anyway, I have never seen even a spot of algea since I started this tank. It would be really nice if they had some algea to eat instead of just soggy veggies, ya know? I curently have a little container floating right under the light with a rock in it. Theres some BRIGHT green stuff growing on it, but it's taken like weeks to cover this little rock that will be clean within a day probably. Any suggestions?

redchigh 01-19-2013 01:34 AM

I'd be willing to bet they like the veggies more :P

JDM 01-19-2013 12:37 PM

You could try a little experiment with your rock.

Put it down with more than enough veggies to fill them up for a day (or however you feed them) and see which gets eaten first. It would be a shame to go through all that hassle to grow something that they don't like as much as something that is really easy to give them.


squishylittlefishies 01-19-2013 09:01 PM'll take a day to eat...that's funny. So, I put the rockin there, then ran downstairs for a quick meal. When I came back, there was not a speck of green on that rock. That means they ate it in about 15 minutes(or less)!!! So, now I KNOW they like it, but at this rapid consumption rate is it even possible to grow algae in there? Grr. This tank has ALL algae eating species in it: mollies, otos, and shrimp. On the other hand, my tiny tank with a dp is covered in algae that I can't battle cause i can't fit an algae eater! perhaps i'll throw rock from that one into the main on occasion.

JDM 01-19-2013 09:29 PM

Guess your down to algae tabs uses you can grow it elsewhere and keep transferring it.


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