What is the
best way to manage
The most important thing to consider is that algae are a symptom of poor water quality. The most effective approach to algae management is to remedy the conditions that stimulate aggressive nuisance algae growth.
Algae thrives under unregulated artificial lighting. Take a tip from nature by limiting daily lighting cycles to 8 hours per day using a
digital outlet timer.
PERFORM REGULAR WATER CHANGES
In a closed system, organic waste materials can quickly accumulate, indulging algae while endangering your fish. As part of an algae management regimen, perform
partial (15-20%) water changes every 1-2 weeks to replenish water quality and curb aggressive algae growth.
KEEP UP WITH ROUTINE MAINTENANCE
Keep on schedule with
filter cartridge changes, as spent media can quickly frustrate any attempts to keep the green in check. Also regularly inspect your filter's performance: Is the flow rate decreasing? Intakes unobstructed? Impellers spinning freely?
TEST & CONTROL PHOSPHATE LEVEL
Avoid overfeeding your fish and
test your aquarium regularly to monitor phosphate level. If you haven't already, test your source water, as sometimes this algae-blooming nutrient may be coming right out of your tap. For total phosphate removal, consider using chemical filter media that
This is where most of the uneaten food and fish waste eventually settles, so don't let poor water quality sneak up on you from below.
Gravel-cleaning siphon systems make it easier than ever to keep up with monthly maintenance.