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Old 07-20-2013, 04:12 AM   #16
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Are you growing the algae for something?
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:14 AM   #17
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what kind of algae ?
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Are you growing the algae for something?
i grow algae. im odd like that.


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Old 07-20-2013, 05:22 AM   #18
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some algae is good.

when i set my tank up i had staghorn, i liked it, till it got too much.
never had an algae issue before, so while the staghorn was relatively little, it was growing branches on the snails and all was good, till it got too much.

time passed, had hair algae, have cladophora algae, i hate clado.

my views of algae have changed now, ... now i see it as free food.

i've infected my tank with green water (want to get some clams and various freshwater zooplankton going) waiting for it to get really green instead of just slightly foggy.

want thread algae back. sounds like the universal food were any true omnivore is concerned. a universal food for everything.

nothing eats cladophora, so i hate the stuff, .. i have noticed today it seems to be dying off, at least starting to, ... i hope to see this continue till it's all gone. ... might be related to the greenwater culture in the tank starting, might be related to the PH climbing, might be related to an ammonia levels that i wasn't aware of that are now under control, ... either way it's dying off, i don't know why, i'm happy about it.

i'm neutral about staghorn, it does seem to be showing up again, ... some things eat it, so if it really sets in i'm going to get see if it's food or nusance and how to deal with it. ... last time i think it started with the new tank (i rushed it), i moved, had too many changes to identify anything, it all dissapeared. ... kinda simular to the clado, i don't know why it's dying, i'm not complaining though.

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yes, i saw your thread on algae scaping, it was interesting , i wouldn't have used clado for it myself though, but staghorn does not grow thick enough

i'm trying to find various red algaes i'd like in the tank though, ... sadly nothing i don't know if the snails have kept it from really showing up or if it just hasn't established itself in the tank at all

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just remembered, have green spot algae, ... i think, ... was never a big problem to me, if it covers a wall of the tank that is facing a wall, all the better, if it's covering a wall of the tank i want to see in or that is letting in daylight, i want i can scrape it off those walls, ... no problem
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:29 AM   #19
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i almost forgot, if you want to make algae grow on a snails shell like mine, you have to dissolve the protein coating first. thats the coating on the outside of the shell that gives it the slick shiny look. it prevents calcium from being deposited on the shell and also prevents the shell from dissolving. since one of the algae types i have in my tanks grows on a calcified base, it will grow on the snails shell as long as the protein coating isnt there. i found this out after overdosing my tank with CO2 for a while and then converting it into an algae tank. the CO2 produced a strong enough acid to begin dissolving the snails shell.

i would imagine that i could just abrade a line into a normal snails shell and then expose it to the algae. then the algae would only grow on the line, ergo, mohawk.

this should work for larger snails too.
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Old 07-20-2013, 02:48 PM   #20
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Wow, a tank just for algae interesting.
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:00 PM   #21
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One question. How do you get the algae if you don't have a source? Can it be started on it's own?
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:18 PM   #22
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you have to get some from somewhere.

there is always some kind of algae, but it usually wont be the kind you want.

i went looking for the stuff i have now.
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Old 07-20-2013, 10:40 PM   #23
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Hmm... I just got a nice big ramshorn snail... Do you suppose just scratching the shell in a line would cause algae to grow on the scratch?
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Old 07-20-2013, 11:50 PM   #24
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I have snails like these on my saltwater tank! Btw is that algae marimo algae? If so, I'll buy that algae off you for 50$! Its valuable!

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Old 07-21-2013, 12:37 AM   #25
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Ask the op for source. He has tons? This is an epidemic.



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Old 07-21-2013, 01:10 AM   #26
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I wish my snails had sweet hair!
RITE!
Man if you can breed those, I would buy them, serious!
Good stuff,

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clado is brittle, it stinks, grows fast & fluffy, all traits that Aegagropila linnaei (Marimo Moss Ball) does not have

from wiki:
Extensive DNA research in 2002 returned the name to Aegagropila linnaei. The presence of chitin in the cell walls makes it distinct from the genus Cladophora.

my marimo balls don't even attach to the substrate that they're resting on.
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the algae i have is clado. not exactly something most people want in their tanks.
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Old 07-21-2013, 03:26 AM   #29
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tell me about it
can't stand clado
all i can do is pull out a handful every few days or so to keep it down in the tank, ... else i think it gets hard for the fish to swim around if i let it go wild
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So the LFS has green algae growing on rocks in their plant tank. All I'd have to do is take one home and grow it? How could I ID what kind it is?

Or would I be better off taking a rock, putting it in a glass jar, and sitting under high light until algae appears?
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