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cichlid tank..green patches on the rocks. watta do??

 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2006 10:23 am Post subject: cichlid tank..green patches on the rocks. watta do?? Reply with quote

 Hi...  In  my  2  *  1  *  1,  i've  2  Silver  Dollars,  2  Yellow  Labs,  2  Auratus  (  I'm  getting  a  bigger  tank,  abt  80  gallon,  soon  !  ).  There's  lotta  rock  work  for  them  to  hide  in.  The  tank  is  placed  beside  a  window  and  gets  good  amount  of  sunlight  (  filtered  through  the  window  pane  ofcourse!  ).  Only  this  morning,  i  noticed  that  on  one  of  the  rocks,  there  are  green  colored  patches..  not  very  big  and  bright..  just  like  a  clusture  of  dots..  green..  here  and  there..  is  it  good  or  bad?    Should  i  be  worrying  abt  that?  should  i  scrape  that  green  stuff  off  the  rocks?    ..  Rock's  porous..  it's  been  in  the  tank  for  5  mnths  now..
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2006 9:45 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Sounds  like  spot  algaue...
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 Nothing,  the  patches  are  algae  and  will  give  a  natural  look  to  the  rocks.  After  some  time,  you  will  see  green  patches  on  the  inside  of  the  glass,  you  can  clean  those  with  a  sponge.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2006 11:12 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Hi  Vikram,
 u  r  saying  that  "The  tank  is  placed  beside  a  window  and  gets  good  amount  of  sunlight  ".  then  definitely  u  will  have  rapid  growth  of  algae.  I  think  there  is  nothing  to  worry  about  it.  If  u  r  not  convinced  add  some  algae  eating  cichlids.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2006 11:54 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Get  a  pleco  before  the  algae  takes  over  your  tank!
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 If  it  does  not  grow  rapidly  it  wont  be  a  problem.    If  you  feel  if  its  holding  grip  fast  you  can  reduce  the  amount  of  sunlight  falling  on  the  tank.    M.auratus  itself  is  an  algae  eater  and  should  control  minor  infestations  effectively.
 I  don't  consider  algae  as  a  foe  except  for  my  planted  tank  and/or  when  it  takes  over  the  entire  tank.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2006 2:33 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 well  well
 
 i  have  longed  for  so  long  to  have  any  such  green  growth  on  my  aquarium  rocks  !!  it  shud  make  them  look  so  much  better  !!??
 tell  me  guys  if  theres  a  way  to  induce  this  growth  in  my  aquarium  ??
 
 thanks  in  advance
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 I  guess  extended  hours  of  sunlight  shud  help  you  out.I  had  my  convict  tank  in  sunlight  and  the  water  turned  green  within  3  weeks.
 I  have  moved  my  tank  inside  the  house  since  and  am  happy  with  the  unnatural  look  than  having  my  tank  taken  over  by  alage  Smile
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nichefish  wrote:                
well  well
 
 i  have  longed  for  so  long  to  have  any  such  green  growth  on  my  aquarium  rocks  !!  it  shud  make  them  look  so  much  better  !!??
 tell  me  guys  if  theres  a  way  to  induce  this  growth  in  my  aquarium  ??
 
 thanks  in  advance                

 
   Hmm..  after  a  couple  of  months,  the  green  patch  has  grown  a  bit  but  is  confined  to  only  that  one  rock..  and  it  does  look  good...natural..  Well..  all  i  did  was  to  put  that  rock  in  water..  my  tank's  beside  a  window  and  gets  some  sunlight  in  the  eve's.  ..  My  rock's  light  colored.  and  that  dark  green  shade  contrast  looks  really  good..
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 thanks  vikram  !
 i  thought  maybe  i  am  the  only  one  who'll  appreciate  a  li'l  algae  on  the  rocks  !!
   Drinking  
 
 can  anyone  tell  me  what  rocks  will  get  algae  easily...  because  i  've  had  these  black  rocks  since  one  and  a  half  years  in  my  tank  ...  but  they're  still  nothing  but  black  !!
 
 thanks
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