Biotope Biologist Posted May 2 Share Posted May 2 (edited) After having my tank setup for just over a year, I have finally managed to get the mature algae mats I was looking for. And I have noticed a few things while doing so: First you type in algae in google and you get these hideous images of green or brown water, often with dead fish in it… appearing to have suffocated in the grasp of the menacing green blob. Second I remember as a petstore employee and every so often here people asking for cure alls to this, dare I say, misunderstood primitive plant.* But perhaps it is because this organism takes a long time to mature into a structure that the human eye finds… pleasant? Which bring me to my third and final point. This is the second tank I have let algae grow in its natural state, mind the occasional pruning. It takes a very long time. In my first tank I had a beautiful carpet of red/green beard algae. It would go between hues of purple, reds, and lime green’s depending on the natural light it got. My current tank has a smorgasbord of algae species growing amongst each other. One of which is beard algae. I have also noticed that my underwater christmas moss uses the algae as a sort of scaffolding to attach to. In previous attempts my Christmas moss without CO2 took FOREVER to grow. Like 1-2” radius per year. I have had this Christmas moss for a good part of 4 months and I see new patches growing every time I look at the tank. I’d say it covers about 10% of my island structure already. I believe in 1-2 years time it will have completely smothered most the algae and coated every surface in my tank. Has anyone else noticed such things? Or am I just the crazy algae guy? 🤪 *not technically a plant but also not not a plant Edited May 2 by Biotope Biologist 3 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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