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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:10 pm 
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Wow.. Pretty.
It's funny how people group everything into 'algae'; like how to I kill algae or why do I have algae problems?
If you can see how many species and varied they are, you'd appreciate them more.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:14 am 
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mistergreen wrote:
Wow.. Pretty.
It's funny how people group everything into 'algae'; like how to I kill algae or why do I have algae problems?
If you can see how many species and varied they are, you'd appreciate them more.


No doubt. If you could somehow grow them at an enlarged size, big enough to see all the details shown here with the naked eye, I'm sure they'd be used FREQUENTLY in aquascaping. I'd love a big reed field of spirogyra!


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:22 am 
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Mistergreen, at your comment about BBA - I have the exact same results. I'll have to post up some of my older articles as time allows. I'd like to see your outcome if you continue with your experience.

I think you are right about neglecting to see the beauty of algae. It became an obsession of mine after I started looking under a microscope that my brother used for coins. The first pictures weren't even that close up. Getting that microscope as a present was awesome. Best gift ever.

My belief is that there is a lot of algae problems are not algae but rather bacteria. For instance, a friend of mine was having constant brown stringy algae issues. People on the other forum kept saying it was Rhizoclonium and it was low nutrients. So he added nutrients and the algae flourished. People told him it was because he needed to up the co2. He did. It got worse. Lower your lighting levels. Check, worse. Finally he sent it to me. It was iron bacteria, Gallionella ferruginea. As an experiment, he agreed to treat the tank with low levels of antibiotics. Wiped it out nearly overnight. It is common in this side of the country and it feeds off iron, which we have plenty. Adding more micro-nutrients just made it happier. Once he got it eliminated, it was easier to stay "algae" free. The one thing that is interesting is the fact this stuff is in our water supply and you are just adding it in every time you change the water. So if you have high iron in your water, you don't necessarily want to add an iron supplement as you may get an outbreak of this so called algae.

My issue with people giving blanket statements usually don't take the time to investigate what is going on with the individual's tank. So if you receive the following advice and you still aren't getting results, look elsewhere.:

I don't have algae.
Lower your lights.
Up your co2
Up your nutrients.

Anyway, I'll be posting up more pictures and comments in the future weeks. I am in the middle of sewing a large project so I'll be infrequent for a while. :mrgreen:


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