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IntelligentDesigner 04-27-2008 03:07 AM

Growing Algae Faster
Hi folks. I was just wondering if there's a way I can get algae to grow more quickly on a new piece of driftwood I put in the other day. I have one small thin piece that already has a little bit of algae on it. I don't want it growing out of control; just on the driftwood for my pleco. He doesn't seem to have much to eat elsewhere besides the wafers I give him. Not like tossing in a wafer is all that hard; I just think he'd like some fresh food added to his diet. So if you guys could tell me how to get a couple more small patches started, my pleco and I would certainly appreciate it. Or if you all seem to agree that it's a bad idea to promote any algae growth, lemme know. Thanks.



Lupin 04-27-2008 03:15 AM

Put the piece of wood in the bucket of water. Put a pinch of fishfood in the bucket and place the bucket under direct sunlight. Expect green algal growth. Works for me when I needed it for my hillstream loaches.

willow 04-27-2008 04:14 AM

have you provided any fresh veg ?
cucmber/zucinni(sp) brocoli.
i find my plecs enjoy these,as do the loaches.

fish_4_all 04-27-2008 11:16 AM

Some fertilizer and water in sunlight works best. Expect green water first and then the algae will start growing on the driftwood. If oyu had 3-5 pieces you could rotate them out so you always some fresh algae to put in there for the pleco.

Both my common and BN plecos loved Zucchini and cucumbers.

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