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Where does algae come from?

I was talking to my roomate the other day and noticed all the algae in my tank and we got into a discussion on where aglae comes from? I assume spores can hitchhike on plants, but I remember I had algae long before I put any live plants in my tank.
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if you have direct sunlight for more than a few hours a day, youll get algae, also, if you have fish in a tank, theyre adding ammonia, which ends up being nutrients for plants, including algae....

theres lots of other reasons, i just dont remember them, or ever have known them....
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He's asking how the actual spores or "seeds" get into the tank in the first place.

I would guess algae spores are present in the air we breath?
Yes, I think thats right. Also, they are present in tap water so the only way to prevent algae 100% is to pour 100% pure water into a completely sterile container in a completely sterile room. That's what sucks about algae; its everywhere.
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He's asking how the actual spores or "seeds" get into the tank in the first place.

I would guess algae spores are present in the air we breath?
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What the? How was I able to quote someone and then be before them in the thread? Weird.

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Wow, definately weird
Its like you went back in time.. lol
I'm not sure if algae has spores in the air we breathe though, I'd say the spores are in the water. It can easily be from a fish because some fish eats algae, its not completely digested and poop, voila, introduction of algae from the fish you bought. Keep in mind that less then 1 drop of water is needed that contains algae is enough to start it up.



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You'll have to tell us how you figured out the whole...time-space continuum...thing!

Spores in tap water...probably immune to chlorine/chloramine. More likely from tank water from your LFS and plants. All it would take is one drop. The fish poop ideas sounds very plausible. Airborn? Why not? You got your fungal and bacterial spores in the air, could be how algae survives a drought.

You guys must still be college. Takes me back. Me and my college roommate had two tanks, a 29 and 55 gallon in our student housing room!

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Yes, but none of this answers where algae came from in the first place. And as we all know, the answer is of course, Hell. Especially black brush algae. No other place could spawn something so evil.
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the answer is of course, Hell.
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And as we all know, the answer is of course, Hell. Especially black brush algae. No other place could spawn something so evil.
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I'm not a chemist or botanist, but from what I understand there are always spores readily available in the water(reduced or eliminated if you use UV sterilization, but that's another story...). When there is an excess in fertilizer or light, the algae uses whatever the plants can't use, so it multiplies and grows.... pretty wierd if you think about it, but that's the miracle of life for you.

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You guys must still be college. Takes me back. Me and my college roommate had two tanks, a 29 and 55 gallon in our student housing room!

Hehe. Reminds me of college too My roommate and I started with a small 10g in our 2 bedroom ap't, then I eventually got a 15g hex, then a ~35g that I put in my room, then I got a 20g -- the most I had running at once was only 2 though. That was back in the 'ol days of '97-99 area. Most of us probably either picked up the hobby from a friend or family member. My dad had a nice 100g when I was a kid as well as a 15g hex and a ~20g tank that he built to look like a treasure chest(hinged wooden top and everything). I'm sure many of you would have stories to share as well.

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Where does algae come from?

I saw a lot of people giving you the various places where they think algae comes from, but they are all wrong.
ALGAE COMES STRAIGHT FROM HELL!!!
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I am an expert on algae, so ask me if you have questions. I know how to grow it, just not how to get rid of it.
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Aphyosemion -- seeing that you're the "Algae growing specialist", I'll go with your idea! ;P

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Yeah, I don't want to brag, but I'm kind of an expert.
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Two 1 GA desktops, a 5 gallon, a 2.5 gallon, a 10 gallon, a 20 gallon, a 25 gallon, and two 75 gallon tanks, all planted.
I am an expert on algae, so ask me if you have questions. I know how to grow it, just not how to get rid of it.
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