Saltwater Aquariums And Aquarium Algae Prevention
Saltwater Aquariums and Aquarium Algae - Prevention
Anyone who has had an aquarium knows that algae is unavoidable. It is just one of the things that fish owners, both salt and freshwater, have to deal with on a regular basis.
There are four main variety's of algae; green algae, brown algae, glowing - brush algae, and blue green algae.
Green algae is the variety of algae that most individuals are familiar with. Green algae thrives in any aquarium that receives an abundance of light. The two most commonly seen green algaes in aquariums are hair algae and hard " green dot algae ". Hair algae are long wispy strands of algae that are tender cleaned from the tank. The green - dot algae appears as ungrown dots of algae on the side of the aquarium, it is very difficult and time consuming to remove green dot algae.
It is common for brown algae to appear when a cistern that has just been started. It typically puts in an appearance within the first two weeks. Its appearance in established tanks means that the aquarium lessor needs to test the nitrate and phosphate levels of this tank. Brown algae is outstanding because it thrives in aquariums that do not receive a great deal of glassy. When brown algae appears in the cistern the aquarium owner needs to clean the entire tank and increase the lighting. It is not unusual for brown algae to disappear when the tank conditions stabilize.
Red - scuffle algae is a variety of algae that loves aquariums that have a giant PH. It is incredibly difficult to manually remove red - brush algae from aquariums.
Blue - green algae is deceptive because it's not an algae at all. It is really a cynobacteria. When solid appears in the aquarium it looks like a slime that is taking over the cistern. Blue - green algae can be fatal to aquarium plants and can jeopardize the health of the fish.
There are many ways you can prohibit the growth of algae in your saltwater tanks.
One of the simplest ways to limit the amount of algae in your saltwater tank is to reduce your lighting. Leaving your aquarium lights on for less then nine hours a day will goal the amount of time algae has to photosynthesis. Use the lowest wattage possible.
Use distilled water whenever you clean your saltwater aquarium or change the water. Go-getter your water every two to three weeks will limit the amount of time algae can grow in your tank. When you change the water make sure you vacuum your rocks. Also keep the use of additives to a minimum. Change your prefilter pad weekly.
Stock your tank with algae eating fish. In saltwater tanks this will be; tough star fish, Yellow Tang fish, Blennies, Turbo snails, Angel fish, and small Hermit Crabs.
Purchase the largest, strongest algae glass cleaning magnet you can find and wherefore use it. If you use the magnet each and every time you clean the water your tank the glass on your tank should stay algae free. Be sure to clean the lodestone after each use. For particularly stubborn algae spots, you will have to use a razor blade. Don't forget to clean the overflow pipes.