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ghosty 02-25-2009 07:19 PM

how to get algea to grow
 
i know all of us are trying to get rid of algea, i have a twig cat fish, but i have no algea growing in my tank ive been supplementing him with algea tabs and zuccini.

Lupin 02-25-2009 07:33 PM

Get a bucket of tank water, add a handful of fishfoods and then rocks in there. Put the bucket under direct sunlight. Should have algae in a few days and you can use the algae coated rocks for the pleco.

FordMan 02-25-2009 07:34 PM

lots of light and maybe a little aquatic plant fertilizer algae is like field of dream "if you build it they will come" you can also buy any aquatic you like chances are it'll have algae hitchin a ride. you want green algae by the way brown=bad

Lupin 02-25-2009 07:45 PM

Diatoms aren't necessarily bad. Most plecos do like diatoms.

ghosty 02-26-2009 10:44 AM

well the bucket idea is good except if i put it outside for sunlight it would freeze in less then 10min. and i dont have a pleco. i'll try the plant food, since i added some plants and nothing so far except my tank now has ich...thanks

willow 02-26-2009 05:47 PM

hi
would it be possible for you to place small rocks into a glass jar
with the water and put it on a windowsill for the sunlight ?
i did this,it took some time,but it did work.
:)

aspects 02-26-2009 06:48 PM

or just use a strong light indoors. a halogen shop light works fine. i use it for my algae screen system.

ghosty 02-26-2009 07:03 PM

that i can try thanks

pkennedy0219 02-26-2009 08:28 PM

My pleco is a lazy sob, i cant get him to eat my algae.

ghosty 02-27-2009 10:09 AM

plecos aren't the best for that job actually they suck!!! get otocinlus they are better and they will go with the size of your tanks.


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