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Re: [APD] Algae - Causes and Solutions
The only reason I had for putting "cause" in there was that so many
times people say "what caused this to happen?" Maybe the answer should
be, "because you tried to grow aquatic plants." In any case, I agree
that it doesn't add anything. But, on second thought, somewhere in
such a table should be words to the effect that allowing a dead fish to
rot in the tank just might bring on an attack of algae, as might
letting the CO2 level drop from 30 ppm down to 5 ppm, or forgetting to
add phosphates, etc. I suppose that stuff belongs in a different
table, "Good Housekeeping for Aquarists".
On Friday, May 19, 2006, at 01:27 PM, Mark R wrote:
> I imagine you could put 'NH3' in the cause column for every algae
> type, except maybe BGA which I'm not sure about. Never had it.
> Also, are you sure you want to say that low NO3 is a "cause" of BGA?
> Or "low CO2" is a "cause" of BBA? It's more like the remedy for those
> types is to add NO3 and CO2 respectively, but that doesn't mean their
> lack is a "cause" of algae.
> In fact, I don't see the usefulness of the "Cause" column at all -
> one, it's kind of redundant as it just repeats the inverse of the
> "Remedy" column, and two I doubt those "Causes" are the full story -
> it's often a mistake to rely on mono-causal explanations for why
> things happen, especially for something as complex as environmental
> interactions. The "Remedy" column is far more useful and testable for
> the home aquarist.
> Nice summary though.
> On 5/19/06, Vaughn Hopkins <hoppycalif at yahoo_com> wrote:
>> Since we seem to be in a slack period, and folks are just drooling
>> the desire to argue something, I took what I understand from reading
>> various posts here, especially those by Tom Barr, and summarized it
>> into a chart: http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-2/1142688/algae.jpg
>> I would very much like to make any corrections, additions, or whatever
>> to make this more accurate - for my use primarily, but for anyone
>> else's use that desires.
>> Vaughn H.
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