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From: Steve Pushak <teban at powersonic_bc.ca> 
Date: Mon, 04 Jan 1999 02:30:08 -0800 

>I only wish that more of us would take a few simple precautions to
>prevent contamination with the easiest types to prevent using a quick
>bleach dip, the fine furry algae (Oedogonium) and the slimy fine 
>stringy gunk (Spirogyra).

Okay, it looks like the green filamentous algae that I identified as
spirogyra in the photos of my tanks is not spirogyra after all.  

Here's what I have, and maybe someone can identify it.

It's green.  It's filamentous, it does not attach to anything, but grows
in mats.  It floats if you give it enough light and turns yellow if you
give it too much.  It's common in stock ponds in my area.  It's
definitely not slimy, actually a rather rough texture, and brittle.  I
can pull scads of it out of the (lighted) sump in my 55g.

Ghost shrimp and Krib babies eat it.

Tell me what it is.

David W. Webb
Live-Foods list administrator