One of the most important questions with both new and old aquarium owners
is “do I need an algae eater for my fish tank?”
First, let’s discuss what exactly algae are. Algae is a single or
multicellular organism which has no roots, stems, or leaves and typically
found in water. It is broken down into seven groups, and within those
groups, there are thousands of species and more than 700 common types.
The following are the most common types of algae found in aquariums:
- Green surface algae, which grows on the glass
- Brown/diatomic algae, which often occurs in new aquariums, but resolves
itself as time passes
- Brush/hair/tufted algae, which looks like string, beards, or brush bristles
- Black/red algae, which are slow-growing and are quick to overtake plants
It is important to understand that not all algae eaters will eat every
kind of algae. To treat your algal issue, you must find out which type
is infesting your tank and why it is there. In many cases, the type of
algae which grows depends on the food sources and amount of lighting in
Effective ways to control algae without an algae eater include:
- Control the quality of water in an aquarium. You can do this by changing
the water, which dilutes toxins in the water which algae feed on, thus
starving them out.
- Add large amounts of live plants to absorb excess nutrients that algae feed on.
- Control the amount of light in an aquarium by using an auto-timer.
However, if you tank is already overgrown with algae, you could simply
just leave it there. If the algae doesn’t smell or hinders anything,
leaving it there is absolutely fine and may actually be beneficial to
your aquarium. Like we mentioned before, algae eat pollutants in the water
and release oxygen in turn.
Furthermore, many types of algae are easily removed by wiping the surface
with a cloth, sponge, or an algae scraper. There are also chemical solutions
available, but they are harsh on other things, such as your fish.
So, does every tank need an algae eater? The answer is no. Algae can be
easily controlled by routine cleaning maintenance.
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