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Re: [APD] Rift Lake Algae
When I was looking for some phytoplankton, I ran
across this site:
They have a number of algaes and phytoplanktons. I've
email Rory M. O'Neil on several occasions and he was
Unfortuantly, I wasn't able to persue the project and
have not orded. So, no info there.
--- Jerry Smith <jerrytheplater at hotmail_com> wrote:
> You asked me how I could work on this tank at work
> and still do my job.
> Answer: In a way, it is my job. How you ask? The
> ladies in the office gave
> my boss a ten gallon setup for Christmas. My boss is
> part owner of the
> company. He kindly told me he was expecting me to
> help him with the tank.
> (Read that as set it up for him in his office.) A
> friend of mine decided to
> get out of the Reef hobby and wanted to get rid of
> his equipment. I saw the
> potential for a great tank at work and told my boss
> about it. He bought the
> equipment, I returned the ten gallon setup, I was
> given almost free reign to
> set up the tank as I saw fit at his expense. He
> originally wanted "Nemo" in
> his tank. I told him that was too expensive and
> convinced him that Africans
> were the second best choice. I have never kept Rift
> Lake Africans and saw
> this as a learning opportunity. I now have to
> contend with office politics.
> The ladies are happy with plastic plants, orange
> dyed coral, sunken ships,
> etc. They thougt the large piece of mudstone was too
> much. The fact that it
> was a real rock was astounding to at least one of
> them. The 80 lbs of Lace
> rock will make them think I have gone completely
> It was easier to say I received a used 75 gallon
> tank than to go through
> this explanation. I wasn't intentionally trying to
> mislead anyone.
> Back to plants: I originally asked about algae. You
> listed Pithophora,
> Cladophora, Coleochaete, Dicotomosiphon, and
> Vaucheria as good candidates
> for establishment in an African Cichlid tank. I
> checked the 1999 Carolina
> Biological Supply Company catalog (www.carolina.com)
> I have at work and
> found a large list of algae offered for sale. They
> offered Coleochaete and
> Vaucheria in 1999. I cross checked with my copy of
> Standard Methods for the
> Examination of Water and Wastewater, 19th ed. and
> found a match in the area
> of "algae growing on reservoir walls". The genera
> listed and available from
> Carolina are: Draparnaldia, Microspora, Oedogonium,
> Stigeoclonium, Ulothrix,
> and Vaucheria. Other algae available eliminating
> those that are Diatoms,
> Taste and Odor Algae, Filter Clogging Algae,
> Polluted Water Algae and
> Plankton are: Ankistrodesmus, Characiosiphon,
> Coleochaete, Cosmarium,
> Mesotaenium, Platydorina, Selenastrum capricornutam,
> Botrydium, Ophiocytium, and Tribonema. Could you
> comment on these algae as
> to their suitability for growth in an aquarium and
> their ability to provide
> nutrients to the fish.? Will there be any
> competition between the genera?
> Are there any to avoid? Cultures cost $5.10 plus
> postage in 1999. Enough for
> 30 students they say.
> Concerning transfer of BBA spores between home and
> work a few questions. 1.
> How would they get transfered if I didn't bring
> anything from home except
> myself? Are they in the air? I will bleach(19:1) any
> plants purchased first.
> 2. To be sure I understand you correctly concerning
> my bringing BBA mulm to
> work, it sounds like you are saying it is possible
> to bring the mulm to the
> work tank and then treat the work tank with CuSO4. I
> know the archives speak
> to this treatment. Is this correct?
> Concerning the filter: You mentioned the Peace
> lilies in the filter. Is that
> the plant that is sold in Betta bowls nowadays in
> the USA? Would
> Cryptcorynes substitute? I imagine I would need to
> build a means to keep the
> humidity up while the plant is growing.
> You also mentioned using a RFUG. Did you mean in the
> filter? I still haven't
> settled on a filter design. Any ideas are welcome.
> The filter is 29 1/2 x 11
> 1/2 by 11 1/2.
> I am falling asleep. Got to go.
> Thanks, Jerry
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