Its texture is the same as a moss ball, but I've never kept moss balls in this tank. I'm not sure what species it is. It stays short, and slowly spreads across the substrate. It used to annoy me. I tried to kill and remove it in the beginning, but eventually gave up and accepted it.
Whenever it fills in completely, I'll probably try and scape something with it. It forms a sheet, so I can pretty much mold it however I want; maybe a yellow shrimp golf/ putt putt course, or a baseball field (good thinking mistergreen).
That's basically what I've been doing to convince it to spread more. Every now and then I cut pieces out, and place them in different areas of the tank. Some of the little island bits are transplants from about a month ago.
Would cutting a moss ball work? Would it spread like this, or eventually ball-up, as they do? Are they the same species?
I've seen pictures of "algaescapes" in the past, but have never seen an entire algae carpet (BGA doesn't count ). I'll search around, and see what I can come up with..
I think this might be the moss ball species. The other clado doesn't grow this neatly and grows pretty fast.
you might want to take a patch and grind it in a food processor with some binder like agar (not too hot so you don't kill the algae) and water. Spread it on a surface then let it set up and then flood it. Give it nutrients and light and watch it grow. You can do this with moss too.
That's an excellent idea. I knew about doing that with moss, but never considered it with this stuff. I'm going to have to try it.
I didn't think moss balls would grow this neatly either. I found some pictures of moss ball carpets, but most of them just looked like moss balls ripped apart. None of them appeared to have formed a nice, flat carpet.
kudos on the use of algae as a ground cover. from what i have heard, clado can benefit from dosing just like a moss would. right now i am growing my own clado mats for use in algae scrubbers and to feed amano shrimp. it seems to do pretty well with normal dosing and even does fine with CO2, given that there arent too many plants in the tank with it.