wanting to grow algae

  1. cheese

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    hi there :) I wanted to grow some algae onto stones and ornaments for my aquariums. I know sunlight encourages algae growth, but what else contributes to it? could I put a 1 gallon bowl with water and stones in the window and just wait? does it need an air stone or a filter in the tank to make the algae grow, or for the algae to be safe to put in the tank? it seems like it should be simple, but I shouldn't assume it's as easy as just sticking water in the sunlight lol :) thanks for your help :)

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    You can buy Algae Waffers, or you can allow sunlight to reach at your tank.
     

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    Unless you plan on cleaning the tank, I would suggest so kind of water movement to keep it from stinking ;)
     
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    hmm okay...so an air stone for water movement so I don't get yucky water? is that all I need to do? sunlight? should I do something to kick start the algae growth? also would a plastic 1 gal bowl work? or should I use something glass? does it need to be covered?

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    IME, no it doesn't need to be covered, and placing it where it gets sunlight is good as long as its not direct.
     
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    no direct sunlight? I'm only putting decorations in the tank, no fish or snails or anything. isn't direct sunlight what grows the algae? there's a spot on 1 of my tanks that gets direct sunlight and it has a lot of algae lol

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    Oh yes, sorry . Direct is actually what you need to grow algae faster. Sorry about that.
     
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    that's okay :) thanks

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    Yeah I'm doing the same with a jar, I put in some floating plants recently and a shell that had algae in it already, but algae will grow either way. Just leave in somewhere that gets direct sunlight and you'll see algae within a week
     
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    thanks :) hope I get green algae instead of brown, but either way it doesn't really matter lol

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    Mine turned out green :)
     

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