3 Tips To Control Aquarium Algae

http://www.everydayaquariums.com/preventing-aquarium-algae/ What is algae? Algae is a photosynthetic organism that lives
within our aquariums. There are many types of algae, but they share similar traits and
can be generally encouraged or inhibited to grow in similar ways. Algae is a naturally
occurring organism; it can and will enter every aquarium by a number of different vectors.
There is no way to stop algae from entering and growing within an aquarium, only ways
to inhibit its growth so that it doesn’t take over. In fact many types of algae are
essential to the health of a tropical aquarium and some healthy growth demonstrates that
a tropical aquarium is cycled and has an established biological population. Some types of grazing
fish species require algae in their diet to survive and in these cases algae can be seen
as a positive organism. What causes algae and
how to prevent it Algae, just like other photosynthetic organisms,
requires three things to grow: Water, light and nutrients. Obviously in an aquarium, reducing
availability of water is impossible but we can limit the other factors contributing to
algae growth. Generally when dealing with algae it’s not normally just one factor
contributing to its’ spread, but a combination, identifying these factors and changing them
will inhibit algae growth. Aquarium Lighting Aquarium lights are essential for seeing our
fish and growing aquarium plants, handled incorrectly though, lighting can be a direct
contributor to aquarium algae problems. Photo period Having your aquarium lighting on for too long
can cause an over availability of light. Algae requires a relatively long photo period, compared
to aquarium plants, before it really starts to photosynthesize and begin growing. Many
people like to have their aquarium lights on most of the day to view them or because
they think the fish need it to be happy. Although the first point is fair enough, fish will
be happy with the ambient day light in the room. In this case it would be ideal to reduce
the photo period (how long the light is
on for) to around 8 hours a day. You can also break up the photo period. For example, if
you work during the day, why not have the lights on for two hours in the morning while
you’re getting ready and for six hours in the evening for viewing. This will help reduce
the availability of light to the algae and inhibits its speed of growth.
Wrong type of light Another contributing factor to algae growth
is having the wrong type of lighting in your aquarium. Make sure that
your aquarium light unit is designed for tropical aquariums
and gives off the correct spectrum of light and intensity. Having the incorrect light
temperature or light intensity can inhibit the growth of plants but encourage the growth
of certain types of algae. Nitrates & phosphate Nitrates and phosphates are the main culprits
when it comes to promoting algae growth
in an aquarium. They are both natural fertilizers and excellent for growing plants and algae
alike. Both of these fertilizers will generally be present in drinking tap water and nitrate
is a by product of the nitrogen cycle that happens naturally in a tropical aquarium.
The best way to reduce the availability of phosphate is to use a phosphate absorbing
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  • I was considering getting a fluval canister 206 for my 20 gallon but I was having problems finding a uv sterilizer (inline) that would work with it because of the ribbed tubing. Too much stress and too much work, then I happened to look around my local aquarist store and found this cobalt canister filter, which they also sell a uv sterlizer seperatly that goes perfectly with it. Getting it tommarow !

  • Good information.
    Though theres is a misconception about nitrate and phosphate creating algae blooms.
    Ammonia causes algae blooms.
    Invisible algae spores are everywhere and they feed on ammonia only.

    Ammonia triggers an algae bloom and the spore mutates into the visible forms we know, conditions in the tank will define what type of algae.

    It's this new visible form that feeds on nitrates and phosphates.
    They do not trigger algae, but will feed it if present in the tank.

    Most algae problems are co2 related.
    High light, bad or no co2 or nutrient deficiency leads to bad plant health and decay which will lead to ammonia spikes.
    This triggers algae blooms.
    Dirty tank or dirty filter will have the same effect.

  • Hi i think my goldfish is trying to mate and i think my 1 female(vs. 3 males) might want to lay eggs. But how will that work on my aquarium with a Fluval206 filter and how can i clean the water when it gets dirty. if ever she is pregnant. Thanks.

  • Who's the chap on the 3:42 mark.
    He's awesome.looks grumpy

  • Did u say 68 hours a day for a light

  • what is the name of that eel like fish, and that horned type fish at 1:03 what is that??

  • can anyone tell me what that fish called thats all over the place?

  • very useful tips

  • Very helpful. Thank you.

  • Thanks for your help. I will cut down on lighting and do water changes weekly as opposed to bi weekly.

  • very poor advice here, bud. 30% water change every week? Seriously. Waste of time. Get a proper bacteria that removes nitrates and nitrites. And get a filter pad that removes phosphate. No water changes for months and months. Still need them to get rid of allelopathic chemicals, though.

  • Thanks for the video. I want to ask some questions about algae in general.
    1. Is algae harmful to fish or other plants? I mean do they produce any toxic waste for the fish? Or are they only aesthetically problematic? I ask this question because in natural environments fish, plants and several types of algae live together happily (this is my opinion and maybe it is not true).
    2. For this question, I have to describe my aquraium and its location in my house. My tank is 150 * 70 * 50 cms. Which makes 525 litres of water. Minus the soil in it lets say 475 litres. And when İ bought it two years ago, İ had put it in front of the window of the balcony without a light preventing cover behind the tank. So in 6 months, the entire tank was covered with first green spots on the glass and then hairgrass inside. İ cleaned all the algae and kilograms of hairgrass came out of the tank. İ also scraped off the green spot algae from the glass. And i covered the tank with a light preventing cover from behind. But still there is a great amount of green spots on all the glass surfaces. But i have to give a detail, sometimes the flourescent light (54*2 watt) is open for more than 12 hours a day. İ dont have a carbondioxide system. And i dont use fertilizers. İ have bacopa monnieri which had many shoots inside the tank, some branches are even two meters. And now my question is: what is the reason for the dense green spots on the glasses? İs it the indirect light from the balcony window ( sunlight never comes directly to the tank, and its behind is covered with light preventing film) or is it caused by too much lighting? Or both (indirect sunlight and too much lighting)?
    3. Which algae eaters should i use in such an aquarium?
    4. Now i am going to install a co2 system inside the tank, but i think the light source is not enough (54*2 watt flourescent loght) so which system of lighting and watt should i use in this tank?
    5. What should i do for those green spots? Shall i clean them off with a metal scraper? But i dont want to touch the water with my hand to prevent parasite or other bacteria to infect the tank. What do you advice? Are there ultraviolet filtration systems for algae control ( which i had heard once)
    İ know i asked many questions with long descriptions but i want to take it serious and i want to learn any detail. Thanks again

  • I'm starting a new tank with guppies and was wondering what is the best plant for beginners

  • will gfo clear micro algae plz?

  • Toriko up says that a popular in a fish tank will increase carbon in the water if it is lower than the regular air. do you agree.

  • AllGê and pacific

  • Woooh hang on a minute do your water tests before water changes ….water changes can work for you or against you its not a do them every week thing ect …..they are done only when needed shit this is an post maybe you learned some thing over the years

  • Very helpful. Thanks!

  • I have a 40 gal freshwater tank….what kind of light do I need?

  • It’s al G not al gee

  • I have no algae problems I have algae eaters fish ottos and I don't feed to much I have 31 fish in a 35 gallon with 7 plants and bog wood and a big rock

  • But in my cold water tank algae is a big problem because it's a small tank

  • Id rather look at algae than your filter. Hoses. Wires. Tank looks like shit

  • ugliest fishes i have ever seen in one tank :))))

  • My aquarium's ilumination haves some blue leds does it cause algae??

  • New to fish keeping so nobody get bitchy but what kinda of fish is the white eel looking thing

  • Wicked lukin drift wood

  • Clean my tank too bro

  • Actually what u need to do is to off the lights for a few days and they will be gone

  • You do like unusual looking fish… Those are scary looking fish.

  • You know you can buy co2 tablets

  • New to fish tank hobby, I want to know if I don't put live plants in my fish tank will I still get algae growing? Or does it not matter if I have or haven't got live plants? Please help!!!

  • Thank you very much.

  • AllGay 🙋🙋

  • I use Ro Aqua it is a wonder .Fish and plant are happy

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