Pet Fish - Removing Algae
If your tank walls are so covered in green gunk that you can't see your fish, it may be time to remove the algae from your tank.
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If your tank walls are so
covered in green gunk that you can't see your fish, it may be time to
remove the algae from your tank. While algae can help keep
your fish alive and healthy since it helps provide oxygen and can
consume some of the excess nutrients in the tank, a little algae can go
a long way.
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Too much algae can cause
the tank to be so dirty that you can't enjoy the beauty of your
fish. If the algae is extremely thick, you may even miss the
fact that one of your fish is not doing well because you literally
cannot see it.
That having been said,
algae should be removed only when necessary.
You can remove algae by scrubbing the sides of the tank with an algae
scrubbing pad or scraper. Don't use scrubbing pads used for
cleaning your home as they may contain fungicides, which are harmful to
fish. After scrubbing the aquarium, you may want to remove
some of the old water and top off the tank with fresh dechlorinated
water. Make sure you have a mechanical filter in the tank as
this will help remove the algae you scrubbed off the walls from the
Since algae needs a large
amount of lighting, exposing your tank to sunlight will lead to higher
algae growth. Keep your tank away from windows to avoid
sunlight. If you do not have a less sunny spot to place your
tank, try using a black piece of cloth or an ornamental backdrop on the
back and sides of the tank to block the sun's rays. If you
can, set the tank's lighting on a timer that reflects real time so that
it turns off and on automatically. This helps to avoid too
much algae growth in your tank.
Overfeeding your fish can
also lead to algae growth, since the food will remain in the water and
provide the nutrients that algae needs to grow and thrive. In
addition excess food will sink to the bottom of the tank and rot.
This will cause the water quality to be bad, which may lead
to illness in the fish. Adding live plants to your tank will
help prevent algae growth because the plants will feed on the nutrients
that are available before the algae can.
Avoid putting too many
fish in your tank because the more fish you have in the tank, the more
waste will be produced. This waste provides nutrients for
algae growth. You may want to consider replacing one of your
fish with a scavenger. Scavengers are fish, crabs and snails
that clean excess food from the floor of the tank. One
scavenger, commonly known as an algae eater, will even clean the
algae from the tank walls.
If you clean your tank
regularly and maintain the filters, keep it out of direct sunlight and
never overfeed your fish, your tank won't have a massive amount of
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