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Old 01-28-2007
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I just added 5 more capsules of Spirulina powder to my tank, it has been two weeks since I added any, I have a nice film of green on the front of the glass and the back. I'll try to get Gary to clean this tank this week so i can get some pics and perhaps we can see the difference from when I started and the progress to date. It has been 4 weeks I believe, and this is the 3rd time I have added powder.

I don't know why your fish are freaking?? and so what are they doing?? Mine think I am feeding them, and are trying to eat the powder, the tank usually clears up in 24 hours. I can see the Tropheus constantly grazing on the back or front of the glass all the time now.

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Old 01-28-2007
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Well I tried this, and it's definitely coming along nice. Although I'm still not getting green algae....still sorta brown! But lights have been on a couple weeks. There was definitely lots on the glass, and they sure love all the stuff on the rock. Steph
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Old 01-29-2007
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Great thread!

One question about this appraoch to algae. In the wild, don't the tropheus also get a good amount of protein intake from eating various animals living in the algae? The algae in the wild is not purely plant matter, is it? Is it possible to replicate this in the aquarium as well? Do you feed a flake or pellet to supplement protein or is there enough in the spirulina? Very cool stuff Pam! Thanks!!!!!

And now that I look at it I realize I asked WAY more than one question! LOL
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Old 06-01-2007
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Do not realy think it a good idea to leave lights on 24/7 in the wild they would get a certain amount of darkness every 24 hours after all do we not try to keep are tropheus conditions as near as we can to in the wild, water quality etc?
I have a 6 foot tank that is lit by 8 t5`s and have lots of green algae as well as the odd brown patch.
My lights are on 14 hours a day and I feel that Fish as well as all other living creatures need a bit of rest each day
Lack of sleep = STRESS
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Old 06-01-2007
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Ok, a little history

I just got 15 kasanga's from bossdog a few months back and they are in my tank inside. Doing great I might add. I have a pond outside that my fronts and a few other fish are in. I keep lots of rocks, bricks, pvc in the pond for algea growth. For the past month or so, I just pull either a large rock or a brick that is covered in green stringy algea and put it in the tanks with the trophs. I see them picking on it little by little, but by the 2nd or 3rd day. all of the algea is gone and i go out and switch it with another rock.

I am guessing that they are eating it up since i see alot of green poop in the morning ) I also feed them spirulina flake twice a day with this regimen.

Hope this helps anyone that would like to grow some homeade algea

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Old 06-02-2007
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funny you should say that about your pond and algae covered rocks, phang. i was at my in-laws today and was cleanin gtheir pond when i saw the great algae growth on the rocks. i did not put one in my tank for fear that there could be livingg organisms on it, or something that could hurt my fish. i try not to make too mant changes when everything is smooth in Denmark. but for arguements sake, is it safe to put a nice algae covered rock from the pond in the tropheus tank????????????? thanks

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Old 12-22-2007
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this is an awesome thread. i just asked about this and heather gave me this link. i have some questions if its possible to get them answered....

do i need a filter on the tank since there wont be any fish in there?
if so, does the filter need media?
can i just add an air stone instead for air circulation?
could i just take some rocks from a pond and stick them in my tank, or is that potentially harmful?

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Old 12-23-2007
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Is it in any way rough to the fish ?
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Old 12-29-2007
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For those of you trying to create or maintain lush green algae in your tank you might consider checking the kind of lighting you are using.

When I used cheap strip lights from the hardware store there was no algae. Since switching to affordable T8 bulbs my tanks are coated with nice green algae.....which the tropheus enjoy.

I leave my lights on approximately 8-10 hours per day.

Not knocking Pam or anybody else trying the sipulina method but I think the same results can be obtained other ways that would allow for a normal day/night cycle for the fish.
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Old 12-31-2007
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Are you guys finding that adults don't graze as much as fry? I have a 75 with 20-25 adult WC Kachese and the rocks are always covered with algae.

I just got 30 dubois from Junbug and they tear up the rock algae. I move a rock a day from the Kachese tank into the dubois tank.

Just wondering!
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