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1. I see at least one person looking for Flourite. www.drsfostersmith.com
has a pretty good deal on the stuff: $16/bag + $10 shipping/handling w/ no
other freight charges. Similar deal for Onyx, which is only $14.40/bag.
This is the best price I've seen on the net yet. I haven't actually bought
from this site, so caveat emptor.
By the way, I do encourage folks to buy from their lfs to help keep them in
business. One way you can do that and still save is to ask your lfs if
it'll match internet prices. You'd never know unless you ask!.
2. I bought a couple of cladophora algea balls from Robert
Hudson/aquabotanic over a month ago (Thx, Robert!). First off, I seem to
recall either Tom Barr or Karen Randall reporting that the balls don't stick
onto wood. Well, today I found to the apparent contrary. I keep one of
mine draped over a piece of Malaysian jati bogwood. I picked it up to clean
it today and found it growing into the wood. I teared up most of the
attached part by , but tried to keep the rest where it was. Now, it
may be that the algae hairs were caught in splinters rather than growing
onto the wood, but I don't think so. I'm going to leave it alone for
another couple of weeks and see if it attaches itself more. Note: this is
a 2.8 W/gal, CO2, KNO3, K2SO4 and KH2PO4 augmented tank and this particular
ball is only some 7" from the light, so it may be growing more robustly than
normal. The other ball that is sitting lower down on the Flourite substrate
is not growing on or into the Flourite at all.
By the way, the balls are quite interestin. They look like green versions
of Cousin Itt (you know, the hairball!) from the Addams family. I take 'em
out, shake 'em off, and pull staghorn [algae?] out of them once in a while,
but, otherwise, they're pretty unobstrusive! The snails like to forage in
them but don't seem to be eating the cladophora itself.
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