NANFA-- stoneroller diet?

Crail, Todd (
Mon, 23 Dec 2002 11:42:09 -0500

Greetings all,

Well I think my 30 gallon may be established enough to keep a small
stoneroller busy thru the rest of the winter, in time to move outdoors again
into my pond in the spring. There is some green filament algae, but the
dominant type is this brown filamentous gunk.

I'm not sure if it really is a true rhodophyte. Are there "a-chlorotic"

I'm suspect that it's part of balancing the system because I used organic
loaded carbonate sand in this system from an old marine tank... Big no no.
However, I'm glad that I've set up dual systems with deeper sand as a
substrate, so I could see that the one with all fresh is working quite nicely
(I've never seen plant root growth like this.. I literally had to *dig* a
sagitarria that was in place for 3 weeks out to move it). This one is too,
nitrates are at zippo with minimal water changes and heavy feeding... But this
system isn't handling the load very well.. Back to the old sand I'm thinking.
Maybe tho, because there aren't the same types of rooting plants.

Without getting stuck on what's causing the algae... Do stonerollers munch on
brown filament algae, the same as they would green filament algae?

Thanks for any advice! :)
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