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Re: disinfection/beard algae

Hi Chuck,

Sorry about the late post. I just wanted to say that I agree with your
opinion that disinfecting/dipping plants will not prevent algae from
appearing in a tank. I believe there are viable algae seeds or spores
present in tap water even if it is chlorinated, but I donīt see that as
a problem. In fact I donīt really regard algae as a problem. More like a
useful indicator of potential problems in the tank environment. Algae,
if kept in check and where you want it, can be very ornamental and
contribute to a very natural look. It also promotes a healthy micro
fauna that can serve as good fry food and may help stabilize the tank. I
often find myself leaving some algae alone just to see how it will
develop. Sometimes I even move it to another tank just to see how it
will fare. Maybe Iīm just crazy? Even BBA can be beautiful!

Lurking in Norrkoping Sweden

 Chuck Gadd wrote:

> Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 08:14:43 -0700
> From: Chuck Gadd <cgadd at cfxc_com>
> Subject: Re: disinfection/beard algae
> Cavan wrote:
> > What I mean to say is, if you introduced a sample of
> > every type of algae known to be a problem in planted
> > tanks before you get things going, all but beard algae
> > will disappear.
> Well, beard algae might not disappear as quickly, but it won't spread
> unless conditions in the tank encourage it.    If you have a plant
> that has lots of beard algae on the leaves, then manual removal of
> the algae, or simply clipping the heavily covered leaves is often
> a good solution.
> Introducing an algae infected plant will not cause an algae outbreak.  It's
> the tank conditions that cause the outbreak.   I have added plants covered
> with every algea I've ever seen at some time, and none have caused an
> outbreak.
> I don't think it's possible to prevent algae by disinfecting/dipping
> plants.
> - --
> Chuck Gadd