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Brown algae (diatoms?)
>Greetings fellow aquatic gardeners, I need your help. I am working on a
>captive breeding project for the critically endangered Panamanian golden
>frog. A number of zoos are working to bring some animals into captivity
>for breeding before they are made extinct by the wave of pathogenic
>fungus that is sweeping through Central America. What does this have to
>do with aquatic plants? It appears that the tadpoles of this species
>are quite fond of brown algae. I was hoping someone on this list,
>having battled brown algae and won, might be able to tell us what
>conditions are ideal for intentionally growing brown algae.
Hi Kevin, if by "brown algae", you mean diatoms, I'd set up a "normal"
planted tank, and either light it strongly or let it get some natural
sunlight. I would _not_ fertilize with CO2. I have never seen this fail
to bring on a bloom of diatoms. This is what we do to raise fire belly
toad tadpoles at school. (we take the low-tech route and sit the tank near