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Re: Algae and Tap Water

> Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2000 18:59:44 -0800 (PST)
> From: Thomas Barr

> I wouldn't listen to Mr. Bonehead at the local fish store.
> Unless you need some crack. Cause he's high.
> Tap water will not cause algae(unless it is almost distilled
> quality-not many places like this), DI will.
> Hard water does not cause algae. Super soft water will.

What's this?

Disparaging an unknown with drug- related humor, only to swing all the way
out to the *other* extreme yourself?

The only algae problem I've ever had in super- soft tanks was Cyano. Most of
those tanks are less than 1 dGH, a couple on almost pure RO, and only a few
with peat...

My Lake Tanganyika tanks, whose chemistry is detailed at
are set up with algae growth as the intended outcome. The only algae I'm
actually able to produce in them is the thick, spongy, brown- green "sheet"
algae. *Super* hard, alkaline, and basic as all get- out...

My main tanks (tap) often go "green" when the weather turns cold and the
utility starts adding a phosphate to the water, and it catches me off guard.
Tap water...

Would it not be better to have suggested _testing_ the tap source, perhaps
identifying the reason for the clerk's statement? Maybe too much phosphate,
or nitrates, or _anything_ other than simply "hardness values"? S/he may
have had a valid reason for stating such, but misunderstood, say, the
owner's reasoning behind it.

I have to admit that, for once, you disappoint, Tom...


David A. Youngker
nestor10 at mindspring_com

BTW - to which post _are_ you referring? "Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #736"
contains a posting by James Purchase, Charles Boehl, Bob (zxcvbob), Pat
Bowerman, John Godbey, and Tom Wood. It covered mainly foreground plants and
CO2 "dumping". I see neither a direct posting *nor* an included quote from
John Guild...