This thread shall be dedicated to algae. I hope to compile all the data I can about algae including its many appearances,look spikes, cause and effects, preventions and cautions.
Algae are a large and diverse group of simple, typically autotrophic organisms, ranging from unicellular to multicellular forms, such as the giant kelps that grow to 65 meters in length. They are photosynthetic like plants, and "simple" because their tissues are not organized into the many distinct organs found in land plants. The largest and most complex marine forms are called seaweeds.
Where does algae grow?
-Anywhere that has nutrients, is constantly wet, and is exposed to sunlight.
What does algae do?
- It mostly serves as food for others, as it converts nutrients in the enviorment into a more availabe source. It also generates a good amount of oxygen.
How does algae spread?
- Its generally spread through direct contact with algae containing water, from spores that float around in the air, and sometimes lichen.
How do I know if I have algae?
-Look for soil or mix that turns slightly green. If its algae it should usually have a blob-like form (but only during an infestation) and should not look like moss or fungus. In fully aquatic enviorments, the water is obviously turned green, also look for algae growing on the rocks and glass. Underwater, it forms thinks masses of the stuff.
Is algae bad?
-Generally for carnivorous plants, algae helps breakdown soil which only hurts your plants, but its quite beneficial for so many other plants.
How can I prevent algae?
-In most cases, you can avoid that by allowing your water trays to dry out between waterings. For germinating, you can also litterally mirco the media before applying seeds, then getting them in an nice tight bag or covering. But, that process will only slow the development of the algae. In all cases that have wet soil, there is usually no stopping it.