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Algae control

Algae control – how to manage algae in your aquarium

There are several types of algae that grow in aquariums by using photosynthesis. Algae has always been an issue for aquarium enthusiasts, but fortunately there are ways to get around this pestilence. Basically, what makes algae grow is what makes your plants grow as well : Light! This means that you should not be using excessive lighting in your aquarium. Moderate use of light in your aquarium to what is needed. Different types of tank have different lighting requirements. Also remember to keep your tank away from direct sunlight. Further steps to minimize algae include the use of snails or algar eating fish to eat certain types of algae. Be careful with snails though, they reproduce rather rapidly and may damage plant life in your tank.

Also, depending on the type of aquarium you have, use something to scrape or scrub off algae. For a glass tank you can use a razor blade, for an acrylic tank you should use a gentle scrubbing pad. Your tank should be cleaned regularly to prevent algae growth in your tank to get out of control.

Limit algae nutrients. Algea thrives on leftover fish food, so be careful not to feed your fish more than is required, this will only help algae to grow.


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