Aquarium Algae Control: Control Algae by Controlling Phosphate

Controls the main and most persistent types of algae in freshwater aquariums
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It would be difficult, if not impossible, to have a reef tank completely devoid of algae in some form. . . nor would it be desirable. Many types of algae have their place in a reef ecosystem. However, in an aquarium setting, we do not want algae to detract from the aesthetic we are striving to perfect. Though algae control can accurately be viewed as a delicate balancing act of nutrient levels, lighting parameters and biological control, the emotional aspect lent to the mix by the aquarist can make it seem more like an all-out war. With that in mind, here are three strategies any aquarist should be aware of in order to gain the upper hand against algae.
Frank, Neil. 1996 Control of red algae in the freshwateraquaria, pts. 1 & 2. FAMA 11,12/96.
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Fish, crustaceans, corals and even algae release “waste” materials into the water. These substances contain un-needed nutrients in the form of organic compounds, inorganic nutrients and suspended organic matter. Since all marine life “gotta eat” they also have to produce wastes. There are several ways to remove these substances before they can trigger an algae bloom. , like granular ferric oxide (GFO), adsorbs inorganic phosphate from aquarium water. Be sure to replace the every 2-3 months to keep the phosphate level low. Protein skimmers remove dissolved organic compounds and particles from the aquarium water. A physically removes nutrient-rich substances before they decompose and feed the algae. Check out our . If you need help selecting the right protein skimmer, just give us a call. I hope you were able to find some useful tips and tricks that will help you control your algae problems and clean up your aquarium.
Photo provided by FlickrAnyways this video goes over 10 different types of algae typically found in aquariums what causes it, and how to control it.
Photo provided by FlickrAlgae removal and control is just part of aquarium care – we are all going to see some in our tank at some point.
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My experience with algacides (algae killers, algae eliminators,algae destroyers, etc. - basically any additive designed and sold tokill algae in your aquarium) show that these algacides kill liveplants, are hard on the and are dangerous to many kinds of fish. In correspondencewith the manufacturers, I have not gotten any better answers to thesequestions than, "It has been in testing for years and we have neverhad a single problem or complaint." However, every algae killer I havetried has had disastrous side effects and has done little, ifanything, to slow, control, or impede algae growth.Getting your algae problem under control may be very quick, or itmay take some time. If the problem is mostly from an unnecessaryadditive you are using or from improper water changes or poor aquariummaintenance, making the correction should have immediateresults. However, if you are experiencing a free-floating algae bloom,it may take several water changes to get the green discoloration out ofthe water once you have the cause of the algae growth undercontrol.Aquarium Algae Control - So you have had your aquarium set up for some time now and you notice aquarium algae growing on the glass, rocks and ornaments in the tank. Why is this happening and what are some of the methods we can use to control aquarium algae growth in the aquarium?Once aquarium algae starts to overgrow plants, corals and decorations it does make the tank look dirty and can distract from the beauty of your aquarium. Let's talk about the things aquarium algae needs to grow and how to eliminate or reduce these things so we are not constantly scrubbing the tank walls and having to clean the tank instead of viewing our fish, plants and inverts! You can use the info in this algae control article for both and .