you finally got an aquarium and now you wonder why! It's turning green,
it's looking a bit ugly, it smells a little funky, and your spouse is prepared to
castrate you if you don't clean it up.
management are the keys to a successful aquarium. Water changes, cleaning the algae, gravel cleaning, filter
maintenance, proper feedings, and daily checks. You can be
doing all these things perfectly but still run into problems.
Below are a few common problems:
Hair Algae is very
common in salt water and reef aquaria. As detritus builds
up in the gravel, rock, and corals it forms perfect little
"planting beds" for these evolved microalgae strings. As
they photosynthesize oxygen bubbles get trapped and sheets of
green hair mats float to the surface. Once this
happens the aquarium produces a foul odor that can only be
described as a port-a-potty at a Grateful Dead concert. By
simply siphoning the trapped detritus during water changes will
remove and prevent this from ever happening again.
Red-Slime Algae is very
similar to hair algae being it can also be caused by excess detritus
build up. But red-slime is more than just a plant. It's
actually a bacteria laden algae called Cyanobacteria and
is considered one of the oldest forms of life on the planet. Once you get
red-slime you may find it difficult to get rid of. Weekly
water changes and siphoning the slime off will eventually rid
your tank of this menace. There are products out there
that will rid your tank of red-slime in a day but be sure to
perform water changes before and after using these antibiotics
regardless of what the directions say.
Not all red and green
algae's are undesirable. In this photo red macro algae
grows like a little shrub in a well established reef tank.
Looking at the right of the base you'll notice a green macro
algae. Some people love this stuff, others hate it.
Personally I think it looks great but if you don't feel the same
way simply pluck it off and throw it away. These algae's
usually grow slowly in low current areas of reef aquaria.
If your tank is over run with macro algae it's safe to say that
you need better maintenance and more current.
I'll be adding
a lot more to this page as I get photos. Until then check
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