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Understanding Algae and how to control it

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Understanding Algae and how to control it

Postby Mick » Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:26 pm

Algae has to be the burden of many a fishkeeper and in some tanks runs riot and takes control leaving the keeper with their head in their hands. This need not be the case if we understand what Algae is and how to control the rogue colonies that can make a tank look so messy and neglected.

Basically Algae is a simple plant life that is often photosynthetic and has no advanced structure to its cells. It can be introduced into the tank from the addition of new plants, tank water from the bags that new fish arrive in and some forms of Algae have spores that are air borne so preventing Algae from entering your tank can be a near impossible task. A small ammount of Algae in the tank can actually be benficial as it will provide a free source of food for many of the tank inhabitants but to keep it under control we need to understand what can make it bloom and rapidly multiply.

What causes an Algal bloom?
Algae needs three main food sources to survive, water, light and nutrients in the tank water. Deprive it of some of these will keep it under control and prevent algal blooms in the tank. All too often we see on the net where lighting is blamed as the major cause of an algal bloom, if a tank is left in sunlight then this will probably be the cause but quite often it is not the fact that lighting has been left on for too long although this does contribute, it is more often than not the ammount of nutrients in the water that is to blame. Algae will feed from the by-products of rotting plants or decaying fish food and even from minerals or phosphates and nitrates in the water.

Controlling Algae
Organic waste will build up in the aquarium if not removed by water changes and regular tank maintenance. The organic waste is produced from fishwaste, excess fish food left over after feeding and rotting plants, as these break down they release the organic waste into the water column just waiting for the Algae to feed on them. These can be reduced by ensuring that the correct ammount of food is added to the tank, there should be no food left over after feeding times. Using a gravel vacuum will remove fish waste and plant mulm before it has the chance to break down. Often this task can be helped by using the correct substrate, coarse gravel will tend to trap the waste more than compact fine gravel. Get into the habit of using the vaccum over different areas of the tank with each water change.

Phosphates and nitrates are usually the main culprits of excessive Algae in the tank. Keeping the nitrates down is simply a case of performing water changes to reduce them, keep testing the water to ensure that the water changes you are doing are large enough to keep the nitrates under control, if not change a larger percentage of water each time ( never attempt to do more than a 25% water change in one session, this can have a detrimental effect on your tank). Phosphates are not so easy to control, they can be introduced into the tank water from the mains water that you are using for your water changes and even some fish foods will contain phosphates that will gradually build up over a period of time. Test your tank on a regular basis for phosphates and if required there are several media available for reducing phosphate and these will simply fit into one of the chambers of your aquarium filter. Always replace these after the recommended periods as they will become saturated in time.
Many minerals are present in mains water and with each water change you are adding them to the tank. Add some fast growing plants to the tank that require more minerals than the slower growing varieties, always dose the plant food for your planted tanks as per the directions on the bottle, you may think you are doing the plants a favour by adding a little bit more but in reality you are doing the Algae a much bigger favour.

There are more natural methods of controlling Algae by adding shrimps or snails whose diet consists primarily of this free food but they cannot control it entirely for you, if you keep one step ahead of the Algae you will always be a winner!!

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