Aquarium Algae Control: Top 10 Algae-Busting Tips

Aquarium Algae Control: Controlling Algae in Aquariums
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Off-topic but related. Recently I see the use of AlgaeFix being more freely discussed, now that certain people have finally softened their views on it, and mentioning it no longer results in guaranteed chastisement. Yes, it works, I've used it, and it's certainly easier than my method. But it isn't safe for invertebrates. Several times I've also had fish severely stressed or killed by AlgaeFix, and although in the majority of cases this doesn't happen, I consider it a gamble. I have an idea why this occurs different from other hypothesis I've seen, and how it might be avoided, but that's a topic for another thread I'll soon post. At this time I consider my treatment possibly safer than AlgaeFix when a powerful full tank treatment is required, and certainly usable in more circumstances.
Fish Tank Algae Treatment‎
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There are actually several different types of green algae that can be found in aquariums. They can take the form of green hair algae, green spot algae, and green water algae that turns the fish tank into a green fog. Controlling this type of algae is a little easier said than done because each one has slightly different causes of growth and each one requires a slightly different treatment. How to Control Aquarium Algae - The Spruce
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I finally got my hands on some Hydrogen peroxide.
Thanks for this awesome tip from Dave from ADU aquascaping.
Hydrogen peroxide helps keep algae at bay without contaminating your water, once in contact with water it just breaks down into it's original constituents, water and oxygen.
Unfortunately in the UK this product has been banned from the high street retail, i could only find this online with means something that i can get in every pharmacy or supermarket in Portugal for about one euro, costs over ten pounds in the UK.
In this video i show how i treat my tank with hydrogen peroxide, i basically drain half of the tank and use a sprayer to spray the wood, plants and glass above water lever, for patches of algae under water i do spot treatment with a syringe, this sets of a bubling reaction through the tank, my fish seemed unaffected throughout the treatment and still remain after twenty four hours, though i recommend avoiding spot treatment close to them, and moderate amounts of dosing, a lesson i should take myself as i was a bit trigger happy with the sprayer and syringe.
And from here on i will spray small amounts whenever i do water change to try to keep it at bay.
This method really helps but should by no means be regardeds as a substitute for convention algae prevention methods, as always prevention is the best way, so don't go off all crazy on light and nutrients and neglect your co2 and flow expecting peroxide to pick up the slack and keep you algae free.
It just does not work that way, it's just another very useful tool to help you keep one step ahead of the dreaded algae, but it's not by far the only one.

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With the exception of the standard water treatment, I've never put chemicals into my fish tanks. You don't know how the fish and plants will react. The best way to treat algae is to reduce its food source and introduce some stems of Common water weed (Anacharis). This floating plant uses excess nutrients and gives off a natural chemical that slows the growth of most forms of algae. I've used Anacharis for several years in my planted tanks and have little visible algae in them.Copper has long time been used for treatment of aquarium algae, fish parasites, and snail eradication. This includes external treatment of freshwater and marine Ich, Oodinium, and fungus. It is has been said on popular aquatic sites, that people are attracted to using Copper as a treatment in the display tank, because it does not discolor the tank, but with using Copper, caution and some understanding does needs to be involved. Improper use can cause harm to the tank. Water chemistry and other environmental factors will determine dosing details of the Copper treatment.