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Old 09-18-2012, 11:37 AM   #16
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Yes, "some" hair algae is a sign or good conditions, so is BBA.

Disinfectant algae theory?

You mean like not allowing any spores to get into the tank?
This might be true for BBA, hair algae and Cladophora. Maybe GDA, but not most of the others, very hard to do for most that add and try new plants often(like me).

Hes remarking on my comment that the sun has disinfectant properties.
It was a theory as to why some plants or systems have no algae in full sun.
The sun does mildly inhibit grow of bacteria and fungi as well as creating peroxides in the air the help control vocs and airborne odors.
So i remarked that the sun may affect algae growth as well, kind of a stupid theory as algae is photosynthetic and is reliant on. Duh the sun
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:48 AM   #17
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Life might be quite simple if we really understood the full workings of nature! I'm guessing there are lots of variables in that stream that we just know nothing about at this point in time.
Any time I begin to think we know a lot about nature, I'm reminded of the medical field where we once held the theory of "laudable pus" in high esteem! It was fully understood that a wound had to have a good amount of pus before it would heal.

We may be at about the same level with our understanding of algae!
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:47 AM   #18
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Hes remarking on my comment that the sun has disinfectant properties.
It was a theory as to why some plants or systems have no algae in full sun.
The sun does mildly inhibit grow of bacteria and fungi as well as creating peroxides in the air the help control vocs and airborne odors.
So i remarked that the sun may affect algae growth as well, kind of a stupid theory as algae is photosynthetic and is reliant on. Duh the sun
The algae are good at living in full sun.
No more disinfecting than say towards plants that live in full sun.

They use the same photosynthetic machinery and enzymes(very true for most of the higher multicellular and filamentous Green algae).

Which is why they are a PITA to the hobbyists.
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:51 AM   #19
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Life might be quite simple if we really understood the full workings of nature! I'm guessing there are lots of variables in that stream that we just know nothing about at this point in time.
Any time I begin to think we know a lot about nature, I'm reminded of the medical field where we once held the theory of "laudable pus" in high esteem! It was fully understood that a wound had to have a good amount of pus before it would heal.

We may be at about the same level with our understanding of algae!
I find once I answer one little isolated thing or rule something out.....then the question becomes...........or several more pop up to take its place.

And I think that is really cool.

It's not so much what you know and can answer, it's what types of questions and directions you can go.
The path of life, in this case, the path of stream aquatic biology, or pond/shallow lake ecology(there's a good text book on this latter subject).

What types of relationships are present and what can/do we learn from this path? It can all start with a humble little glass box with aquatic weeds.

"From so simple a beginning" I think Darwin once stated sublimely.
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Old 09-19-2012, 01:38 PM   #20
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It's true that the sun does cause damage to organic matter including the photosynthic components. I read that the cell has an self repairing structure.
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