Cultivated Red Algae?
A friend who lives several hours away visited recently and saw my planted
discus tank for the first time. I've been pleased with the results except
for red algae problems. Black tufts grow on some of the swords, the back
glass and cover the 2 large pieces of driftwood. The problem is the local
water, it has high phosphates coming out of the tap. I've decided to live
with the problem (the algae on the driftwood is probably 1 1/2" (4cm) long
and waves in the currents) and had mentioned this to my friend previously.
After she saw the algae, she told me about a fish store near her house that
sold driftwood covered exactly like mine. Imagine my surprise to find out
the store couldn't keep them in stock and they charge a lot for this
cultured driftwood (US$50 or more)! So if you have red algae problems,
benefit from it. Find a local store that's interested in "designer
decorated driftwood" and make a little money! :-)
williaro at ftmcphsn-emh1_army.mil
That wavy stuff on the driftwood is kind of nice now!