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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #1527

In a message dated 1/10/02 12:00:58 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com writes:

<<  Re: Algae problem, please advise (2nd attempt) "pompom" algae >>
I am pretty sure the algae you are describing is a red algae. I know it's not 
red to look at but as with many algae the real color is obscured by other 
pigments. Most people describe the color as a dark greenish gray. Iron should 
important to it's metabolism as well as phosphate. Not much eats it but in a 
fish only tank it helps bring about conditions that keep fish healthy (so 
I've been told) the way live plants do in plant tanks. Not many red algae 
grow in freshwater so it is of some interest due to that. There is a red 
algae that grows in freshwater that is really red but it's difficult to find 
and to grow but it is pretty.