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    Although it may not be as attractive as a plant we buy or transfer to our tanks , is there any benefit to having some BBA(blackbeard algae) growing in a tank that has no other plants . I was just wondering if it were grown in a decorative way such as on larger rocks and DW could it in the long run be good for the water chemistry .
    ask ?'s and change some water pair of JD's and loving it.

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    The main issue with BBA is that they look unsightly and can grow quickly. Tjat aside they will of course bind some nitrates.

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    you have to understand that algae isn't inherently bad. it does help water quality and in some cases provides additional forage for herbivores.
    the thing is just that most aquarists consider it unsightly which is why it generally is combated. An freshwater algae tank would be an interesting thing to see though. Certain freshwater algae
    do appear to have potential to be decorative.

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    Pretty much the only exception is the blue-green and that's not strictly speaking an algae.

    I'm quite happy with most of my algae, just not the BBA

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    appreciate the responses . I was just curious about benefits of it . I wouldn't want it all over everything in the tank , but if growth and coverage could be controlled it seems it might look like a natural plant occurance .(If it could be controlled and trained like a vine).
    ask ?'s and change some water pair of JD's and loving it.

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    Did you ever see this picture?

    I'm very happy with the algae on that piece of wood.

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    I agree. Green brush algae looks rather nice. Black brush algae doesn't!

    I think the only time I've seen BBA in a tank that looked ok was a hardscape with cichlids and no plants. As soon as you contrast it with plants it'll look dire.

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    thank you that is a cool pic and good looking growth.
    ask ?'s and change some water pair of JD's and loving it.

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