An important step in proper aquarium maintenance is controlling algae growth. When left unchecked, algae can quickly consume your tank. Here’s more information:
- What Causes Algae? Algae growth is common in almost every aquatic environment, feeding on nutrients such as nitrates and phosphates. Water testing is essential to control nitrate and phosphate levels; by testing and regularly changing your water, you can eliminate some algae problems before they begin. It’s also a good idea to keep your aquarium out of direct sunlight in order to control the light source for your tank, since algae can grow in almost any light.
- How Do I Control Algae? One of the best ways to control algae is to add live plants to your aquarium. The nitrates and phosphates in your tank that algae feed on occur naturally from fish waste, and sometimes from the quality of the water used. Live plants will compete for these same nutrients, leaving very little for algae to feed on.
Other solutions for algae control are filters and commercial phosphate and nitrate removers, such as Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Nitra-Zorb(TM) and Phos-Zorb(TM). These products, combined with proper lighting, partial water changes, and regular tank maintenance will ensure that your aquarium stays crystal clear. For more information, ask the associates at Pet Supermarket. They can answer your questions and help you with everything you need for a beautiful and healthy tank environment.