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> Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001 19:52:54 -0800 (PST)
> From: Cavan <millsman7 at yahoo_com>
> Subject: Higher Algae
> I was just wondering if anyone here has ever kept any
> of the forms of algae that resemble higher plants in
> an aquarium. I've seen pictures of some pretty neat
> alga. The above post aroused my interest.
> Later, Cavan -- in Pittsburgh
Cladophora, Nitella and Chara are the main ones. Others by invasion mostly.
Some folks like some of the others. Personally like Cladophora the most.
The plant I sent you was in fact Chara, one tough customer. It can produce
large amounts of marl and other Ca rich deposits. The encrustation of hard
water on the plants gives rise to the common name - stoneworts. Potamogetons
do this as well.
All of these plants love lots of light. Nitella, Tolypella and Chara.
Nitella likes the softer acid waters in nature. If you want to remove lime
try Chara or Potamogetons. You'll see lots of deposits on these plants with
hard waters. None on Nitella. Chara is foul smelling (a good thing if your
a plant). Burnt rubber bands was it ?:)