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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-01-2013, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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Question Anyone invite/like algae?

Plain curiosity - I've set up a ten gallon with long light hours and a bubble wand. I'm hoping to grow algae - mostly the kind critters like to eat (no one likes bba). I'm not sure if I want to harvest it to make actual algae pellets, or drop some ghost shrimp in there.

I'm just wondering if anyone else ever wants a little bit of algae in their tank. I hear it's great for shrimp, and obviously for algae eaters of all shapes and sizes.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-01-2013, 11:42 PM
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I think it's good to always have a little bit of algae. Micro-organisms eat it and live in it, which provides food for fish/snails/shrimp. For some animals algae is a large part of their diet.

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I purposefully run my lights longer to encourage a bit of algae growth in my main tank to keep my SAE, ottocinclus and BN pleco happy. In the warmer months, I set up a large green vase as an algae farm; bamboo skewers make a great surface for algae to grow on that are easy to "feed" the tanks with and once there's a good layer on the sides of the vase, I'll scrap it off and chop it up with blanched veggies to make home-made algae wafers for later use.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-03-2013, 10:50 PM
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I don't really like looking at algae but I guess you have to learn to accept it. Unless you're completely anal and clean your tank from top to bottom every day there's no way you won't have algae. As long as you're not having algae blooms, getting some doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong so might as well make the best of it and get fish that are nice to look at and eat algae at the same time. So yea, as long as its not bad algae like BBA, a little bit of fuzz algae on plants or BGA on rocks is actually good IMO.
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