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Vindcara
05/17/2017, 05:50 PM
I want to make a fish tank with Pyrocystis fusiformis and/or Pyrocystis lunula so that critters in the tank will disturb the algae and make it glow. Does anyone know what special conditions/considerations I might have to make to keep a stable population in sufficient numbers? I'm having trouble finding any good information and am almost to the point of just throwing together as simple a tank as I can, adding the algae and seeing what happens. I know they are dinoflagellates, and I've seen several articles about how to get rid of such, but nothing that seems useful for keeping a stable equilibrium like I want (plus I don't even know if these species are the kind of dinoflagellate that cause problems...)

Bongo Shrimp
05/17/2017, 08:00 PM
You'd have to culture them outside the tank and add them all the time to keep seeing them in the tank. They are a pelagic species and will not survive and grow in a standard filtered aquarium. They are different than the dinoflagellates that cause problems in aquariums.

Michael Hoaster
05/25/2017, 07:30 PM
Sounds cool, try it! Do you have access to said glowing algae?

Sure, it sounds difficult and impractical. But if you want it, give it a go. That's how breakthroughs are achieved. Bongo Shrimp said it was pelagic and wouldn't work in a standard aquarium. How about a jellyquarium?

I love weird ideas like this…

Bongo Shrimp
05/27/2017, 07:50 PM
Sounds cool, try it! Do you have access to said glowing algae?

Sure, it sounds difficult and impractical. But if you want it, give it a go. That's how breakthroughs are achieved. Bongo Shrimp said it was pelagic and wouldn't work in a standard aquarium. How about a jellyquarium?

I love weird ideas like this…

No, it would not work in any filtered aquarium. They need to be cultured like any other type of plankton, in an unfiltered vessel.