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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
VERY helpful.

Unfortuantly, I wasn't able to persue the project and
have not orded.  So, no info there.

Scott R.H.

--- Jerry Smith <jerrytheplater at hotmail_com> wrote:
> Tom
> 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
> crazy.
> 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,
> Botrydiopsis, 
> 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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