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Miracle-gro --> algae question

Discussion in 'Planted Aquariums' started by happypoet, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. happypoet

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    Hi all,

    I'm setting up a 20long for Sewellia and Stiphodon Percs or Elegans. I would like a lot of algae, and I don't particularly care about the aesthetics of it (at the beginning, anyway. I'll work with it once it's established). I won't have any plants except some mosses for fry-food populations and a couple of big Anubias (since algae grows well on their leaves).

    I've read that miracle-gro (the ubiquitous blue powder) is fine for aquariums, but causes algae blooms. Since this is what I want, can I add some to the tank during cycling? And if so, how do I go about dosing?

    BTW, I have 40W, plus a decent amount of window light.

    (I'll do a build thread this weekend, if anyone is interested)
     
  2. excuzzzeme

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    I used Miracle-gro indoor plant feed (liquid). I add about 2 drops per gallon3 times a week with mediocre lighting and afternoon sun and got good results including algae. I was able to shape the algae to look like smoke coming from a castle tower. I still use it but at a rate of 1 drop per gallon, 3 times a week and my plants seem to like it. I have better lighting and no direct sunlight and no algae. I think the sunlight was the key ingredient. You could tell when I added the miracle gorw as you would see a burst of new growth when I used it irregularly. It is listed as 8-7-6 so you should be able to sustain algae with it.
     
  3. NoMoreToys

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    Is this comparable to Excel Flourish???
     
  4. Slappy*McFish

    Slappy*McFish Backhanded fish to the face!
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    No. Flourish Excel isn't a fertilizer. It is a source of organic carbon/CO2 alternative.
     
  5. Mgamer20o0

    Mgamer20o0 BobsTropicalPlants.com
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    and a algicide

    inka would be the one to ask as well. i believe in the summer time he sets up tubs with rocks out side for growing algae as well. smart idea.
     
  6. happypoet

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    Thanks, all. I've been asking Inka all sorts of questions on PM anyway, so I may as well continue! :)
     

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