Aquarium Algae Maintenace: Control Algae by Controlling Phosphate

Read how controlling phosphate plays a role in controlling algae in aquariums.
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Let's face it: sooner or later, the day comes for every aquarium owner when they look in their tank and discover those green tufts or coating, growing on the plants or glass. Algae strikes again, and perhaps this time it's your tank that's the victim?

Don't panic. Algae can be a nuisance, but it can also be controlled. Notice I did not say eradicated; I said controlled. Despite its bad reputation, algae is just as much a part of nature as any other plant. It is a rare tank that is, and remains, completely algae free. However, it is reasonable to expect to hold algae down to a minimum.
Controlling nutrients is our best means of preventing, repressing and essentially controlling algae in the aquarium.
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In order to get to the root of the problem, the uncontrolled growth of algae in our aquarium, we need to go deep inside and take a good, hard look at why and how exactly do algae grow in our aquariums. Once we’re able to answer this question tackling algae will be much more easier and much less of a hit and miss scenario. Aquarium Algae Maintenance: Controlling Algae Growth in the Aquarium
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Here's an strange sounding tip for reducing the time you spend cleaning algae from the glass: dose sodium silicate to promote a controlled population of diatoms. Diatoms! I know... bear with me.

Most aquarist's introduction to diatoms is as an unsightly reddish-brown coating of their sand and rocks in the first few weeks of a new aquarium. At that point, most decide that diatoms are a "Bad Thing (tm)" and are forevermore willing to do anything at all to avoid diatoms or even the possibility of diatoms. When diatoms are out of balance (like that bloom in a new aquarium), they don't do anyone much good. But when diatom populations are in a stable balance with other processes in your tank, they are very good for the whole system.

Good things for aquarists might include:
Algae growth speeds up in warm water. If your saltwater aquarium is overheating there is a good chance an algae bloom is coming your way. If your aquarium water is too warm you may need to switch over to cooler LED light fixtures. produce less heat, consume less energy and last for years. High water temperatures can also be caused by water pumps transferring heat to the water. No matter the cause overheated water can be controlled with an . Reducing the water temperature to a safe level will also eliminate heat stress on corals and fish.While some people might try to keep a small amount of controllable algae at certain spots in their fish tanks, such as on the rocks, driftwood or other decorations for a more natural looking aquarium, most fish keepers simply want to get rid of algae.A combination of algae eating fish, shrimp, and snails will do a good job controlling the algae in your aquarium. You must understand that algae control is not algae eradication. You should never rely only on the algae eaters. They will help, but not a cure-it-all solution by itself.Like any plant, for algae to grow it has three basic requirements: water, light and nutrients (ammonia and phosphate). So the best method to controlling and preventing algae in your aquarium is by controlling the amount of light and nutrients in your water.Algae is concern for all freshwater aquarium owners, so how do you control it? To learn the best ways for controlling algae in your freshwater aquarium, we have summarized some of the main points from the video and added some of our own.