Three Ways Of Sorting Out Freshwater Aquarium Algae

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Freshwater Aquarium Algae is probably one of the most common problems that aquarium lovers endure. In this article we cover 3 procedures to lessen the problem or ideally get rid of it.

1. Physically Getting Rid of Algae Yourself

Often, with too much light present utilized as illumination in your tank green algae will form covering the glass surfaces of your aquarium and you might also have green water trouble.You might remove the algae by employing an appropriate scraping implement with a keem edge. Some folk utilize steel wool and you would have to be very careful as you do not want to cause any marks on the glass surface by using too much pressure.

Obviously using steel wool with sand around, especially the bottom of the tank, will increase the risk of marking the glass surfaces.

Not only will the glass be covered by freshwater aquarium algae but the plants will be covered as well. It is nearly impossible to remove all algae from the plants.

Beneath electric light, blue-green algae are favorite to be a nuisance, settling not only on glass, but also on the plants. The algae may be scraped from glass as normal, but to get it off the plants is practically impossible. Cut down on the lighting strength and see how the situation develops.

2. Chemical Treatment

One more to treat the situation is to use a chemical. However you can't do this with living pets in your tank. You would have to develop another tank that ideally has water that has been matured so that your fish can be safely esconced for a few hours. Transport your pets and invertebrates etc securely to their temporary tank and introduce copper sulphate to the fish free fresh water aquariums.

Regarding the amount to utilize, work out what 1 parts per million might be for the volume of water in your tank. Mix it in and leave for several hours before substituting the majority of the water. Once your fish are put back into the tank you will have to check on the water quality and carry out water changes as you would do with a new aquarium to ensure the nitrates will not rise to high levels.

Relocating your fish about too often is not fantastic for their well being so consider this a strategy for you to utilize only when you have to.

3. Using A Particular Fish To Get Rid Of The Algae

In addition to proper upkeep there is an yet another ongoing strategy you can utilize. Purchase an algae eater such as a Plecostomus. This one is not going to win a beauty competition any time soon - but it might help keep your aquarium algae to a low level.

Some people say they put more waste and nutrients into the water and algae still thrives but if you do water changes, then it should lessen their additional waste products, as with any other fish additions.

NOTE WELL: A Plecostomus (also known as) can become one and a half feet! You may be all right with one in a ten gallon tank but when it develops to that length you'd need a fifty five gallon aquarium!

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This article was published on 2011/01/02