Posted 10 October 2004 - 10:34 AM
Posted 13 October 2004 - 09:25 AM
Algae tend to grow very rapid with poor water quailty. Even in a healthy aquarium a thin film of algae grows and this is a good sign. Malawi Cichlids like to nibble such algae.
I think if you let water to stay with light on algae will grow , but you don't need this if you are feeding spirulina!
Posted 30 January 2005 - 07:02 AM
Algae is extremely easy to grow. I usually start creating an algae culture each time I transfer out water from my aquarium. As Tom states even healthy aquariums create a thin film of algae and since cichlids love to nibble on it, you may not see it on your tank if your cichlids like it as much as mine. My method is basically the same way you do an Infusoria culture with some modifications. Note I do this in a round robin process.
To start your algae cultures in a large jar (the big pickle jars at Sams or Costco work well, wash them really well) place several rocks same type that are currently in your tank. Alage will grow on these rocks and can be traded with other rocks in your tank. Fill the jar with your old aquarium water, place the jar in a well light and warm area. To avoid "brackish" water I place airstones in the jar so the water is constantly moving. In a couple of days (depending on amt of light and warmth) you should be able to notice algae growing on the rocks and sides of the jar.
I usually have three jars going, creating a new jar every week. When I add new water to the aquarium I am also adding the algae covered rocks from the oldest algae culture. You can also use other things to grow algae on, just make sure that is doesn't dramatically change the landscape of your tank, other things I have used besides rocks, plastic floating plants (which I sink with a weight or tied down to a rock) the more surface area for the algae to grow on the more algae you are transfering to your cichlids.
** Make sure you are adding plenty of algae stations that you don't promote agressive behavior in your tank. ** (learned this the hard way) placement and quantity of algae stations will help avoid this
As for does it enhance color or health of the fish, I can not comment on. My fish have been getting algae and spinach, along with spirulina and other flakes since they were quite young. Both them and their parents had great coloring.
Posted 31 January 2005 - 12:27 PM
I have never heard of growing algea that way. Unfortunatly doing that in Michigan right now won't work...too cold.
Posted 31 January 2005 - 02:44 PM
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