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Ironic question: How do you grow algae?

I've been thinking--if I buy new otos, a good way to acclimate them is to put them in a quarantine tank with tons of algae.

Now the question is--how do you grow algae?
I'm thinking you just fill a jar with water, overdose on fertilizers, and leave it by the windowsill with long hours of sunlight.

What do you think?
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I'd skip the trouble and go buy something like hikari algae wafers xD
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Haha I guess that would work too.

But fresh algae would be like live food for the oto, unlike hikari wafers which cost quite a bit. I guess I'll start on the algae growing tomorrow morning to see if it works. The only problem is sunlight, it gets darker earlier and earlier in Toronto now, and the sun is the least intense this time of the year.
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what about putting the jar next to a tank?

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otto loves brown algae on glass. you can put in some fertilizers then add alot of lighting. 24/7 lighting is a good way to promote algae.


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Try some ammonia. Fertilizers for terrestrial plants usually have ammonia in the form of ammonium nitrate.
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Just bang the lights 24/7 for like 3 days as was stated earlier. You don't need ferts, just lights.


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aquarium water & lots of light.. that's all you need.


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I'd boil a rock and put it in the jar of water and grow algae on that if you want to feed your oto. Otherwise, you might just get green water, which is kind of messy to feed. Not sure your oto would be into that.

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Jobes fert stick + jar + water + sunlight = algae


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Wife + 2 kids + completely gutting the kitchen = algae...
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lol,
IME, a rock in a 1 gallon plastic bottle with high nitrate aquarium water under sunlight or hight light is enough to cause algae.
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I guess it's not that hard to grow algae, doesn't even take effort other than water, sunlight, some food source!

Yup I considered zucchini, and most other vegetables. I'd like to try algae as a supplementary food.
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