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Old 04-23-2014, 10:31 AM   #1
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Algae on Rocks.. WANTED

Hey, guys,

I'm on my way to getting back into African cichlids! I'm planning on a specie only tank of demasoni.

Anyway, I know exactly how my rock work is going to look, I have my stocking, I have my filtration, I have my tank but I need one more thing... algae.

I want to cover the rocks in the tank in that perfectly green algae that we our cichlids nibbling on day and night.

Coming from planted tanks, I feel like I should know how to grow algae.. but any help is greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance, everyone!
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:35 AM   #2
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Just leave the lights on 12hrs a day and you should get some!!
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:06 AM   #3
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Definitely seems to easy... Worth a try, thanks!
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What kind of lighting do you have?
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I have a double lamp t5 normal output fixture.. It has a 6500k bulb and a daylight bulb in it for now but I plan on switching over to an actinic bulb when I start getting the algae growth
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Yah that should do..
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The lighting is certainly important, but water chemistry is also a key factor. It's about finding the right balance. Maintenance, well needless to say it's always required to keep perfect parameters.

My 2 month algae progression video and below that is of my tank from a few days ago:
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Sonics- that is exactly what I'm looking to try to do!
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Yes I was trying to remember who had that bad..... Cichlid setup... It's sonics.. Yep
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