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Old 01-06-2007
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Dear Members,

I have received a private message from Heather:

****I am curious,.. if and when you have the time, if you might be so kind to post about home grown spirulina, how to go about this... and what the benefits are as I have heard you are a big proponent of doing so.***

We are having an algae growing contest on Tropheus Fanatics, so please join us or we can even have one here. I am a big proponent of promoting algae grazing for your Tropheus. When I observed Tropheus in the wild, they were continuously feeding on the algae on the rocks. This algae is really just a light green slime on the rocks, to simulate this in my tanks I like to encourage the growth of algae by adding Spirulina Powder. You can get this at any health food store. The jar is usually labeled at 100% Spirulina Powder, it may be loose or in capsules, it does not work if it is in Tablet form. You add this to your Tropheus tank, and leave your lights on 24/7 for a few weeks, and hopefully you can get the algae to grow faster then your group can eat it. If you can't then you get algae growing on rocks, pvc, etc., in other tanks and rotate them to your Tropheus tanks.

I think that promoting grazing lessens aggressions, provides a natural behavior, and is an excellent addition to the Tropheus diet.

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What about the 24/7 lights on? That doesn't impact on fish health in any way?
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I have no adverse effects with leaving the lights on 24/7.

I have no adverse effects with leaving the lights on irradically on different tanks.

I have no adverse effects with leaving the lights on a timer.

So I don't think lighting is an issue.

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Pam welcome to the forum and thanks for taking the time to give us your input on growing algae in out tanks using spirulina.
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Interesting information.

Pam, a quick question...how much of the powder or number of opened capsules would you add to the tank...or per gallon? I'm purchasing some of this stuff to use in making homemade food for my discus and thought this might be a good opportunity to try on my trophs!

Would Daytime Deluxe T12 bulbs be sufficient? Or T8 Aquarium bumlbs from Canadian Tire (Large Hardware store) be sufficient for this? I use standard shop lights and hope to not have to upgrade.

All I can get to grow so far is mildly green algae, but mostly the brown stuff! Thanks, Steph
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Darth,

Thanks for the kind words!


Steph,

I am doing about 1/2 tablespoon ever few days, on a 55 gal tank. I think it helps if you use a bulb that is for growing plants, whether it is standard or T-8. I like the ZooMed Florasun, its my fav light for fish too. I have done this for years, but I havn't really paid attention how I exactly do it if you know what I mean. So I am starting a new tank, and trying to share the progress.

I use this same powder for my homemade food too.

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here are some spirulina algae pics in Pam's tanks:












i hope Pam doesn't mind me posting them here!

Dave
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Very cool...thanks for the pics and info!
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I have never tried seeding with sprulina but just got "normal" algae. Phosphates really help for me (luckly for the Troph its in my tap water, bad luck for any plants). Its not pritty but the Troph love grazing.
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I'm trying it out myself to see how it works....hopefully I become successful!
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