Can I use an algae rock from my pond for my hillstream loaches?

swimmingslowly

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Hi! I hope this is in the right section. I was wondering if anyone has ever taken algae covered rocks from their pond or that they've grown and put them in their tank for their loaches to feed on. I saw something about people putting rocks in water near windows to purposely grow algae and then putting those in their tank. I have rocks in my Koi pond outside that have green algae on them; is this the same type of algae that the hillstream loaches eat?
 

MrBryan723

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You can. You run risk of "exotic" diseases, but its usually pretty low. It may or may not be the right kind of algae. That's hard to tell even by looking at it.
 

AJE

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I've done it for my shrimp
 
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swimmingslowly

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I'm pretty confident in the safety of the pond, I've never had any diseases or deaths in the past 10 or so years. But, of course, different species react differently when exposed to certain things. I'll give it a try and see what they think!
 
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Skrabbitskrabbit

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Just reading this post and wondering if you tried it and if it worked out
 
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swimmingslowly

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Skrabbitskrabbit said:
Just reading this post and wondering if you tried it and if it worked out
They didn’t seem to be attracted to it, not sure if the algae was some kind that they don’t like lol
 

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