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    Algae and trace minerals

    Hi, can anyone tell me if algae exports trace minerals, namely calcium magnesium iron etc, as part of its growth?

    I know plants take in these minerals and convert into a non ionic form, not useable anymore. Since algae are a type of plants, and if they do uptake such minerals, will it be significant?

    I am worried that the minerals in my tank are quickly exhausted by the algae on my ATS as it is growing pretty aggressively to remove nutrients quickly. Any insights or links I can read up on this? Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy_cy View Post
    Hi, can anyone tell me if algae exports trace minerals, namely calcium magnesium iron etc, as part of its growth?

    I know plants take in these minerals and convert into a non ionic form, not useable anymore. Since algae are a type of plants, and if they do uptake such minerals, will it be significant?

    I am worried that the minerals in my tank are quickly exhausted by the algae on my ATS as it is growing pretty aggressively to remove nutrients quickly. Any insights or links I can read up on this? Thanks.
    I don't know about nutrient uptake, but don't confuse algae with plants. Algae is NOT a type of plants. If they where they would not live in salt water since no plants can live in salt water...
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    Algae consume metals. So you may need to dose iron. Maybe iodine too. That's about it.

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    Thanks for the response.

    What about calcium and magnesium? Those are metals too.
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    Some scrubbers consume kh more than others. Potassium is used too. I dont know what massive usage is . Possibly Turbo Floyd will chime in.

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    Thanks guys. I was afraid that using it in the long run could cause certain kinds of deficiencies that I should be aware of.
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