I like this nutshell very much and how it explains certain aspects of how plants get around.. This is not typicaly aimed towards aquatics, but i'm sure they ain't so different, after all 95% aint tru aquatic what we grow.I'm a "properly established planted tank" fan as well, and I'm sure a lot of the reasons why long-established planted tanks don't tend to have algal "outbreaks" is microbiological stability.
There probably is much more to it then he explaines here.. Yet not found any data online going much deeper into the subject than this.. But it's very intresting.
There are articles enough to find with people claiming contrary, having a high phosphate but still no BBA.. IMHO there is much more to it then meets the eye or drop test. If you measure an excess of something while having algae it is very easy to get to the assumption that this should be the cause. Might be, could be, but what's the cause if it all doesn't fit anymore.. Was it the high phosphate? Or was it high phosphate and something else triggering it? Where the phosphate just plays a minor role as excelerator in the algae growth?Darrel
I am not against keeping an aquariun clean but his claims seem to lack any real correlation.
"Algae blooms or infusoria explosions are usually the result of excess phosphates in an aquatic system."
I agree, I'm not a very "house-proud" aquarist. I don't do any substrate cleaning, but I have tanks with Asellus and snails, which degrade larger bits of organic waste (dead leaves etc).Darrel, I am not against keeping an aquariun clean but his claims seem to lack any real correlation.
....... "Bright and clean" actually worries me a lot, slightly fuzzy and tannin stained might be better for long term survival, for any of these types of fish. I like some dead leaves and biofilm in the tank. One advantage of some tannins in the water is that they will complex any heavy metals in the water, which could be an issue in soft water. The late Bob Marklew (macvsog23 in the linked post), a fantastic Loricariid keeper & breeder, was successful with fish like <"Lamontichthys llanero">, I'm sure part of the reason was that he kept mulmy tanks, but with very clean water and high levels of oxygenation......
Certainly true of blooms of the "Green Algae", and Cyanobacteria. In natural situations, PO4--- and NO3- are the twin markers of eutrophication."Algae blooms or infusoria explosions are usually the result of excess phosphates in an aquatic system."
Definitely is, but still not quite in "Gorilla fake fur" territory.I'm not sure it is BBA anymore?
Ok, so I think we would be safe in saying that there aren't a huge amount of nutrients of any description.Tds is 120.
I got them out of a pond, but you can <"buy them for scientific purposes">, because they use them as bio-assay organisms in water testing.Did you catch them? Can't imagine they are in the trade somewhere
If you can't find any PM and I'll try sending some. I haven't had a very good record with sending the larger individuals, but small ones in damp moss looks a viable method.I'll ask the local water laboratory, they might kow an address or probably have some themselfs..
Thanks for the offer.. I'll certainly do that if i can't find them locally..Hi all,If you can't find any PM and I'll try sending some. I haven't had a very good record with sending the larger individuals, but small ones in damp moss looks a viable method.