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Green dust algae

swyftfeet

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Am I nuts, distinct possibility that I’m totally willing to entertain, or am I the only one that likes the look of it growing on the wood, glass and rocks?

The guppy mill has it growing in spades and I love it b/c the little buggers can eat it without me feeding them.

How do I keep it growing? Is this the kind that will go away as the tank matures?
 

MichaelJ

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Am I nuts, distinct possibility that I’m totally willing to entertain, or am I the only one that likes the look of it growing on the wood, glass and rocks?

The guppy mill has it growing in spades and I love it b/c the little buggers can eat it without me feeding them.

How do I keep it growing? Is this the kind that will go away as the tank matures?

Well, I used to have a nice chunk of hair algae on a pieces of wood growing near the surface in my shrimp tank. I did my best to cultivate it, trimming it etc. so it wouldn't spread, but just enough of it to give my shrimplets a place to be safe and munch. Eventually it just withered away over-taken by the plants. I guess I am just terrible at cultivating algae :)

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And yes, your probably nuts... Just like the rest of us :lol:

Cheers,
Michael
 

Hanuman

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How do I keep it growing? Is this the kind that will go away as the tank matures?
Depends how you maintain your tank but GDA usually appears during the early days of a tank. It is usually due to lower CO2 levels and low fert levels but higher light levels. Unless you are trying to breed shrimps and don't care about plants it might not be a good idea to keep that regime.

If you keep your maintenance, CO2 and fert up to par then this algae will disappear.
 

swyftfeet

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Depends how you maintain your tank but GDA usually appears during the early days of a tank. It is usually due to lower CO2 levels and low fert levels but higher light levels. Unless you are trying to breed shrimps and don't care about plants it might not be a good idea to keep that regime.

If you keep your maintenance, CO2 and fert up to par then this algae will disappear.
That’s really odd, the moneywort that I had melted in my journal tank, admittedly no clue what I’m doing, low light low ferts at the time. Subbwassertang doing poorly too, anubias nana and crypt w green and Java fern all doing ok tho.

However in the guppy mill with the Gda moneywort, subwassertang are doing great.
 

Wookii

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I don't mind it on hardscape - rocks in particular look a lot more natural with a light dusting of green algae. It's when it gets on plants it starts to look unattractive to me.
 
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