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Whether you’re a novice or an expert at owning aquariums, you will eventually have to deal with one major problem in your tank: algae. Algae appears in green, brown, red, or blue-ish residue in the corners and edges of your tank. This growth can eventually end up on tank accessories, rocks, gravel, and other locations […]
Whether you’re a novice or an expert at owning aquariums, you will eventually have to deal with one major problem in your tank: algae. Algae appears in green, brown, red, or blue-ish residue in the corners and edges of your tank. This growth can eventually end up on tank accessories, rocks, gravel, and other locations in your aquarium.
Now, don’t be worried if you notice a little green or brown residue around your aquarium tank—a little algae growth in an aquarium is normal and even healthy for your fish and plants. It only becomes a problem if it grows excessively as it can make your fish sick.
There are several ways you can prevent excess algae growth in your aquarium:
Algae, in its basic terms, is a simple aquatic plant that requires water, sunlight, and nutrients to survive. If any of these necessities are provided at an excess, algae will continue to bloom and take over any area, your aquarium included. Other reasons your tank may experience algae growth are:
Once you’ve found the cause of the algae growth, you can take steps to prevent this plant from taking over your aquarium.
If you notice the algae in your tank is growing, you need to get rid of it quickly. To do this, you must find out what type of algae your tank has, and what steps to take to remove it. Some common algae growths in aquariums include:
Sometimes, your tank’s water may turn completely green. This is known as an algae bloom, and like the red algae, it is one of the most frustrating types of growths to remove. Wiping or scrubbing the tank glass or even changing the water will do nothing. We recommend blocking off all light or using a specialized filter to win this battle.
After you’ve found the root cause of the algae growth in your tank and identified the type of algae growth, you can prepare your aquarium from potential growths. You can do this in various ways, such as:
Algae growth can be beneficial to your aquarium in moderate levels. It also serves as a way to let you know that your tank is doing well. Excess algae growth is a problem that you, as an aquarium owner, should rectify before it impacts your aquarium fish and plants. Be sure to regularly follow our tips so that your aquarium continues to thrive!