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My friend has a 125 gal tank which has some large rocks that are totally covered with this nice looking green carpeted algae.
Unlike other algae growths that I have seen and experienced, his looks like a nice carpet of short hair green algae. Is there any way of controlling the growth and propagation of this algae?
Are there any plants that would look like that?
I am looking for a foreground plant that will cover a good section of the front of my tank.
I have a 55 gal tank with Madagascar cichlids: pH 8.0, temp: 80-82 deg, living in Maryland.
Thanks for your help.
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I've seen some hobbyists try to tame algae and use it as a foreground. The problem is that you have to eliminate predators such as Plecos, SAE's, Snails, etc. and do the pruning and scraping on the glass yourself. Not with the trouble, in my opinion.

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I remember like 30 years ago my Dad used to have a planted tank (with low light and air bubbles) where a beautiful green algae lawn would cover black petrified wood. I was never able to "grow" those... no clue what conditions make them flourish. I guess it is one of these things that you have if you are not after them, and if you want them, you can't get them :mrgreen:


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I have similar algae growing in my 72 gallon and my 29 gallon. I scrape it off the glass, but leave it on the wood and rocks. It looks nice, and the snails and the pleco keep it from getting out of hand. I only wish I could train the algae-eaters to eat it from the glass first! Anyway, it's the only kind of algae that has ever grown in my tanks, ever. I've never had green water or those nasty sheets of algae on the water surface. I've also never had a tank that failed to get at least a little hair algae. Guess I'm lucky! I bet you could scrape some of your friend's and dump it in your tank to propogate it -- algae isn't known for being a challenge! :P
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