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Postby smiley » 2007-01-31 18:39

nope your both wrong :D
it is some sort of moss though ....
and the co2 is already working wonders on my elodea, and its only been in nearly 2 days :o
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Postby KittyKat » 2007-02-12 17:39

I think I might know what it is, although I can't quite remember the name... It is a type of algae that is more of a thread like plant then algae... I used to have some at one point. Will try to find the name for you!
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Postby smiley » 2007-02-12 21:15

(going to give it away saying this )
they come in balls. . . . thats a very good clue for you all.

now for a bit of an update.

most of the plants are routing well, so now the plecs cant up-route 'em.
and i also gotta hold of some malawi cichlids(6 albino zebra pseudotropheus), from a breeder, he told me they would be fine as long as i keep one eye on them.

im going to set a malawi tank up anyway, so they wont be in there for too long.
ill have a go at gettin pics, but these things are FAST as hell so no promises.
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Postby KittyKat » 2007-02-12 22:42

Japanese/Marimo moss balls? :huh:
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Postby smiley » 2007-02-12 23:08

well done Kat
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you win . . . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. . nothing, sorry
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-02-13 21:22

Ayyye good on you Smiler - Marimo are one of my favourite plants.
Really easy to care for, my kinda thing. Dump it in, and leave it to it.

Did you know they are a national treasure?
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Postby KittyKat » 2007-02-13 22:39

Are they?

I have two myself, but have never seen them in quite that light J! Good going with the photo :P had me puzzled!
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Postby smiley » 2007-02-13 22:45

i was just experamenting and it came out like that
and i thought it looked pretty darn cool. lol

i cant get any deasent pics of the mew fish th though:( :(
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Postby sharkdude » 2007-02-15 14:37

sport mode? :D
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-02-15 16:32

Ayup!
Cladophora: (aka Marimo moss) Actually a type of unusual algae.

<a href='http://allfishforums.com/index.php?showtopic=3127&st=0' target='_blank'>NEW Marimo Profile!</a>

Rather good quote from Wikipedia: "At Lake Akan a great effort is spent on the conservation of the lake balls. This includes an annual three day marimo festival in which the Ainu people, the indigeneous people of Hokkaid?, play an important part. Because of their appealing appearance the lake balls also serve as a medium for environmental education. They bear a certain likeness to the Earth in being green and round and in their need to rotate in order to receive light on all sides. In Japan the marimo has been a protected species since as early as 1920, defined as a natural treasure. Small balls sold as souvenirs are hand rolled from free-floating filaments. The marimo was given a status of protected species in Iceland in 2006. It is said that taking good care of the plant will make one's wishes come true. "

Hehe, how lovely.

Other sites of good quality define them as national treasures too, but Wiki haven't stated.

The ones you find now are normally imported from Russia, which is why buying them in from Germany is cheaper than from the UK :D
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Postby smiley » 2007-02-15 19:49

sharkdude wrote: sport mode? :D

nooo just 'super Zoom' mode :D
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Postby smiley » 2007-03-10 23:00

i dont know whats going on in the tank latley but its got really cloudy in there :( i cant even see the back of the tank in places.

since its staerted to go cloudy, ive added more filter floss, and added a spare filter as well to see if i cleans up, with no luck yet. Ive cleaned all of the filter media out last night and there was a lot of stuff that came out!

Should i try a carbon filter in ? i didnt think it would do anything but is it worth a try?
all fish are healthy and happy and all water tests look normal.

2 things that my mum and dad thought it could be is:
the bogwood i have in there .
and the sand.
but i cant see it being the sand, or the bog wood. the water isnt brown, just cloudy

any ideas?
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-03-11 23:29

Could be greenwater algae.
Sort of white cloudy?
Check your nitrates, and have you added any plant foods recently?

In order of useful elimination tactics:

UV filtration will help - can you borrow/buy a UV filter?
Algone is supposed to be a good greenwater buster.
Or if you have room to move fish, and some time on your hands... Daphnia. Yup, plain ole live daphs. And then the fish can feast after!
Lob in some fast growing plant like Elodea for good measure, and algae should stop.

Anyone else?
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Postby smiley » 2007-03-12 13:03

thats what kat suggested the other day on msn, so i suppsoe i can try a UV filter.
anyone suggest a good (cheap)UV filter?

ive got a big clump of elodea in there, as well as cabomba (which both seem to struggle in this tank)
i dont think there is any way i could remove all the fish to put daphnia in, it would mean id have a VERY overstocked 3 footer and there isnt much i could put in with my betta either lol
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-03-15 22:52

Ah ok. If in doubt, give eBay a shout!
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