I'd like to formally take my place in line for one of the runners. I think I'll probably be somewhere around #356 which means I'll get one around the year 2074, but that's okay. I'll be sure to include its posthumous arrival in my will.
Seriously, very pretty crypt. I'll have to watch for it when it becomes available. I'd love to add that one to my tanks.
You are first one to mention it, so congratulations, you are first in line if I can ever convince myself to part with it. It wouldn't be until fall, though. This heat wave is awful. We lost power for almost a day and it was miserable. I thought my fish made it through unscathed, but now I am finding I lost all but one apisto and I'm now finding many yellow shrimp bodies. Even some of the more cooler water plants are melting.
Have you ever done a write up on your experiments and experience? I would love to learn from you on this!
I have outlines and notes with plenty of sources cited both by first hand discussions with those passionate about algae (professional level) and secondary research. My intention is to write up my experiences for the fun of it, but I am in the process of writing my first fictional novel just for kicks. I'll probably pick it up after that's done and will be glad to send you my links to the blog of terror in a pm.
In the meantime, I'll just tell you based on personal experience and reading my brief thoughts on your own observations.
I'm especially interested in two areas. One is the growth of BBA because I don't think it's as simple as high or stable CO2. It sounds like you gained more information that I'd find highly interesting.
You are indeed correct. It's not as simple. I found in several instances that this was not proven as the end all of be all. I even hooked up pressurized co2. I can tell you a very interesting aspect of Rhodophyta algae some are found in very clean acidic fast flowing waters like what most refer to as BBA, others that actually look similar to BBA but aren't and staghorns like the exact opposite alkaline, slower waters. Both are found in cleaner waters and it's been thought that they aid in helping to purify the water source. So think of it this way. You and I have "BBA" but mine is actually Compsopogon and yours is actually Audouinella. In the initial stages, Compsopogon really mimics the look of BBA and in certain circumstances stays compact and doesn't get branchy. This is the type of algae that doesn't typically respond well to CO2 and thrives in low co2. Upping your co2 often shuts it down. Now say that I have an acidic loving algae and up my co2. What's going to happen?
However, there is a level of co2 that most red algaes can't thrive at and they are also at the stages that are often not great levels for some types of fish. Despite what people may say that their fish are healthy, take a guppy or platy and put it in an extremely acidic conditions long term, breed it a few generations and see how healthy they end up being. Also, look at most of the people that say "I got rid of my algae with high levels of co2." Consistently, the majority will use H2O2 or excel as a spot treatment in addition to cranking up the gas. So they are effectively killing and removing the algae manually. Are they truly getting rid of it with high co2 levels?
Now here is the kicker. These algae reproduce sexually. And they need water movement to do so. Where do most BBA reside in tanks? Near or on filters. This is the highest flowing area making it prime real-estate. My ultimate cure that's worked a lot of the time? Removing the plants, putting them in a tank free of water movement or in a sunny window and letting them sit for a LONG time. You can fertilize, blast it with light everything. Just don't let the water move. But now you are finding more issues including BGA. This is lovely water for other algae, lol. It's an interesting process.
The other is a theory I've been batting around in my mind, but don't know where I could even start to narrow down the actual cause. I have noticed that new tank setups are especially prone to algae. And while the normal rationale is to suggest that the person alter their lighting, ferts, CO2, or what have you, I have found that this is not always the cause. There seems to be something that changes as a tank matures which makes it more resistant to algae (or less susceptible, if you will). I have no idea what that mysterious something may be. It's not cycling, but it is definitely related to new tank setups.
I have watched my tanks go through this new tank algae phase, and without changing a single thing in my setup, I've been able to get rid of the algae and not have it come back. If I'm not changing anything in my setups, then that cannot be the reason for the change. The only factor I can see that seems to trigger this algae susceptibility and then algae resistance is the age of the tank. Therefore, I believe something happens, but I have no idea what.
Absolutely something is happening. Look at nature. In the spring, start following the life of a pond. It starts out with green water, BGA. These are meant to feed the new life. This in turn feeds the diatoms that feed the bottom feeders that feed the other fish. Temperature, lighting, nutrients available and what types of nutrients available affect what algae thrives. By the end of the summer, the cycle has matured. When you first set up a tank, if you don't interfere you really see what nature intended. Initially, there is an abundance of ammonia, bacterias, unicelluar algae feeding frenzy and then it settles down.
I'm probably not making much sense, especially since I am mostly asleep. LOL
But I digress. I find it funny how the joy of planted tanks brings us to become little scientists regarding algae! LOL!
Me too. I love learning the hows and whys more than excepting standard practice. I've been known to annoy people because of my curiosity, but that's alright by me. I don't keep planted tanks for them. I keep them for myself and part of the fun for me is to test the boundaries. LOL
I'd be crazy to say no! Sure, I would love some. Send me a PM whenever it's a good time for you.
On your updates... I love your moss wall! One of the prettiest I've seen! Which moss is that?
I'm not Wasserpest, but my guess on the little crypt ID is either C. parva or C. lucens. C. parva is really small and very slow growing. By looking at the picture, I'm suspecting you have C. lucens. I think the purplely plant looks like Hygrophila araguaia.
Your tank is looking really nice! Lots of healthy plants. Love the shrimp, too! Their meeting with their new mystery friend is too cute! LOL!
It came from NeoShrimp and another person I can't remember. One is supposed to be Taiwan and the other is Christmas. I don't know which is which, though. Should have labeled.
And thanks for the id's. I remember the name Hygro araguaia being listed in the plants so you are probably spot on with that - the pictures do look very similar. Very pretty plant, it should be used more often in the hobby.
That crypt does look like a lucens but maybe a hybrid? Definitely not parva. I've had that before and this is larger in leaves. It's bright green in the middle and bronze on the edges. It's very pretty.
And thanks. Oh, Happy 4th!