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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-11-2003, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all,

I'd like to grow some brown algae for my butterfly loach to feast upon. The thing is, I only want brown algae to flourish. Currently, brown algae is doing fairly well in the tank, but I am seeing a trend in bga taking over the areas where the brown algae used to flourish (at least thats what I think it is).

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-23-2003, 12:24 PM
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I think brown algae grows under low light, or do u mean hair algae?
I had a 5 gallon quarantine/breeding tank without light, it's a bare tank using aquaclear filter and a small heater. It only has 2 fish inside, and I feed them blood worms without water change for about month, and brown algae start to stride.
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i put in a plain phillips cool daylight tube, and where it falls the brown stuff grows...

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I thought brown algae tends to flourish in newer tanks and then slowly fades away as the tank ages, no? So far, I haven't had too much trouble keeping my loach content in my month-old tank. I am concerned that my tank won't be able to support brown algae long term.

Note that this tank has many plants (and some other algae) competing for nutrients. Is there any one nutrient that causes brown algae to grow over other types of algae?

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My brown algae after a week dissapeared overnight after fertilising the first time.

Still have green and hair varieties.
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Why not just keep a clean tank and feed the algae wafers ?
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i am trying to grow brown algae in alot of my tanks caz i have so many algae eating snails that they ain't getting enough food. I don't want a mass die off. In my planted tank all i got is alot of hair algae. Darn it.
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You can feed the snails as well
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Have you tried dumping a full can of fish food in the tank, then letting the filter clog? My little sister does that at least once a year.

Are you talking about the thin stuff that grows all over grass, or the puffy stuff that grows on decaying plants? Like at the pet store.

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Buck, do you use wood from around here in your tanks?

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You can try feed loads of Sera Stick On Food since when you stick in into the water, small pieces will hit the ground causing algae to grow all over the place they drop.(This is the stupid food that cause blue algae all over my riccia.. :evil: :evil:

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Brown algae are usually associated with low light conditions. Certainly feeding algae wafers is a more elegant way of solving your problem. However, I found a way to produce brown algae by using a "warm-white" bulb (color temp ~ 2700K).
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wierd, i will just let the sun hit the tank and i will have some type of algae. lol
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agree with wasserpest, had similar results,


btw, why do you have a german nic but sound like a frenchman?

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Not sure about the frenchman stuff... but I am glad you can't 'ear me talkin'. No Queens English here :lol:
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