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Re: [APD] other hobbies

>Pithophora is the coarser, horsehair-like, stuff, yes?
>while the cladophora species tend to be less so?

Pithophora is very fine, silk like and very bright green in
color, and Cladophora is characteristically branching, tending
to be darker green and somewhat corse. Spirogyra is long
filamentous and often "spirally" and entangles in plants, the
stuff with branches that entangles is Cladophora and is more
common. Ity will attach to gravel piece, wereas few others
will(Rhizolocloium will)

Vaucheria (does not stain for starch, the others here do) is a
common one that looks similar(Typically found on wood) and so is
Dicotomosiphon (It is very similar to Cladphora except it's non
braching and has other characteristics are the micro scale).

Of these genera, Cladophora and Rhizoclonium give us the most
grief with the Cladphora being the worst(does well with plant
environmental conditions or when you do not fertilize for
awhile, so it does tend to prefer leaner conditions and once
going, will hang on fair well, same for Spirogyra but it's easy
to remove and does not attach to gravel).

But that is neither here nor there in reference to the species
that is highly preferred, the Pithophora.
I grew this species for a number of years and always felt the
tank was not well unless I had some growing and it also does
very well in turf scrubbers that use spray bars and shallow

Shallow water, high light, good current moderate cool temps,
fish waste. About all you need.
Tom Barr


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