Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Other Fish
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-14-2013, 07:26 PM   #1 
Jexx
Member
 
Jexx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
how to grow algae?

I've heard of ppl growing algae for their snails. How do you purposely grow algae? My betta has two nerites but her tank has no algae. They are currently eating biofilm but I'd like them to have some algae too.
Jexx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2013, 07:50 PM   #2 
valen1014
Member
 
valen1014's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Miami, FL
Ok so I also needed to do this for my otos and daphnia and I found some people take a rock and put it in a small container with aquarium water (just any dirty water after water changes will do). Then they put the container near a window or somewhere that it can get lots of sun. I think if you throw in an algae wafer or maybe some fish food it'll help the algae grow faster. The idea is that the algae will grow on the rock and then you can transfer the rock to the aquarium. That was you don't necessarily have to risk algae outbreaks in your tank.

The problem is that, I did this, but I only get the algae to grow in the water. But maybe you'll have better luck giving this a shot!
valen1014 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2013, 10:14 PM   #3 
Jexx
Member
 
Jexx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
How long does it take for the algae to appear? I am desperate to find something my snails can eat. I hate that the only thing they have is bio film. I tried spinach, my betta ate it. I tried nasty flake food. She ate that too. I tried sinking pellets, she dug through the gravel and ate every single one. Tonight I turned out the lights and placed blanched zucchini in front of each snail... SHE ATE THE ZUCCHINI. wth.
Jexx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2013, 10:34 PM   #4 
WolfHhowling
Member
 
WolfHhowling's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Carrolltown Pa In good old cambria county
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jexx View Post
How long does it take for the algae to appear? I am desperate to find something my snails can eat. I hate that the only thing they have is bio film. I tried spinach, my betta ate it. I tried nasty flake food. She ate that too. I tried sinking pellets, she dug through the gravel and ate every single one. Tonight I turned out the lights and placed blanched zucchini in front of each snail... SHE ATE THE ZUCCHINI. wth.
I had a problem with dust algae in my tank. Thats the kind that stays in the water.

Here's a recipe for making artificial algae covered stones:

# Separate an egg white from the yolk.
# Mix the egg white and a teaspoon of spirulina algae. ( or ground alge wafer)
# Paint the resulting mixture on a flat rocks.
# Let it dry rock hard.

I found it online. The person was totally dedicated to feeding snails. With fishes that ah, eat anything that is remotely food.
WolfHhowling is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2013, 10:39 PM   #5 
valen1014
Member
 
valen1014's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Miami, FL
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jexx View Post
How long does it take for the algae to appear? I am desperate to find something my snails can eat. I hate that the only thing they have is bio film. I tried spinach, my betta ate it. I tried nasty flake food. She ate that too. I tried sinking pellets, she dug through the gravel and ate every single one. Tonight I turned out the lights and placed blanched zucchini in front of each snail... SHE ATE THE ZUCCHINI. wth.
Oh wow... She has quite an appetite. It took me about 2 weeks which I guess is a long time But if you think maybe your snails are hungry, you could try putting them in a cup on the tank and then dropping the food in the cup so your betta can't get it but the snails can. At least it ought to save you some time while you get the algae thing started. Hopefully someone else in this forum can show us how to grow algae faster and better!

On a little side note and in case it makes you feel better, at least your girl actually ate the zucchini... when I had otos and a female betta in my 20 gal, she didn't eat the zucchini, instead, she thought it'd be cute to adopt it and guard it with her life. She just refused to let any otos near it and even slept on it just to be sure
valen1014 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2013, 10:41 PM   #6 
valen1014
Member
 
valen1014's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Miami, FL
Quote:
Originally Posted by WolfHhowling View Post
I had a problem with dust algae in my tank. Thats the kind that stays in the water.

Here's a recipe for making artificial algae covered stones:

# Separate an egg white from the yolk.
# Mix the egg white and a teaspoon of spirulina algae. ( or ground alge wafer)
# Paint the resulting mixture on a flat rocks.
# Let it dry rock hard.

I found it online. The person was totally dedicated to feeding snails. With fishes that ah, eat anything that is remotely food.
Huh.... that's super interesting. My otos won't go near the algae wafers but I wonder if I can trick them this way. Thanks for sharing!
valen1014 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2013, 10:56 PM   #7 
WolfHhowling
Member
 
WolfHhowling's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Carrolltown Pa In good old cambria county
Quote:
Originally Posted by valen1014 View Post
Huh.... that's super interesting. My otos won't go near the algae wafers but I wonder if I can trick them this way. Thanks for sharing!
No problem. When i was looking for ways to get rid of algae in my tank, I got thousands of ways to grow it. Which I found rather amusing.
WolfHhowling is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2013, 11:06 PM   #8 
Jexx
Member
 
Jexx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
I put some rocks from one of the tanks that is already covered in biofilm in some tank water in a glass jar. I put a drop of vitachem in there too. I covered in plastic wrap and poked a few holes (i dunno, i figured it needs oxygen?) Here's to hoping I can grow some algae. I'll have to do the cup thing in the mean while.
Jexx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2013, 11:11 PM   #9 
Jexx
Member
 
Jexx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
Quote:
Originally Posted by WolfHhowling View Post
I had a problem with dust algae in my tank. Thats the kind that stays in the water.

Here's a recipe for making artificial algae covered stones:

# Separate an egg white from the yolk.
# Mix the egg white and a teaspoon of spirulina algae. ( or ground alge wafer)
# Paint the resulting mixture on a flat rocks.
# Let it dry rock hard.

I found it online. The person was totally dedicated to feeding snails. With fishes that ah, eat anything that is remotely food.
I'll have to try this. How long do you think you can leave this in the tank?
Jexx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2013, 11:32 PM   #10 
WolfHhowling
Member
 
WolfHhowling's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Carrolltown Pa In good old cambria county
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jexx View Post
I'll have to try this. How long do you think you can leave this in the tank?
I am guessing you could leave it in the tank for 6 hours. You half to let the egg yoke dry on the stones over night.

Since if you have ever tried to clean off dry egg yoke, it takes forever.
WolfHhowling is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to grow diatom algae? PaulO Betta Chat 0 02-21-2013 11:27 AM
Algae Beginning to Grow Enbarr Betta Fish Care 3 12-18-2011 03:11 PM
Do you leave algae grow? Welsh Betta Fish Compatibility 6 07-03-2010 11:46 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:39 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.