Algae problems

The ugly truth is almost everyone has them. But i can share my ways trying to avoid as much as i can.

  • 1.Waterchanges

Waterchanges are the most important rule for a succesful tank.
The best shedule is at the beginning every 2-3 rd day and after a while you should do it at least once a week.

  • 2. Test your water parameters

Getting rid of them means you have to find the source. I would start by testing your water. There are a lot of „Test Labs“ on the market(let me know if you need any recommendations). You can test almost every parameter with them. The most important parameters for us are N, P, K, FE.
The ideal parameters are:

  • 10 to 25 mg/l N
  • 0,1 to 1 mg/l P
  • 5 to 10 mg/l K
  • 0,05 to 0,1 FE
  • 3. Keep your gravel clean.

Decaying food or other leftovers is a big producer of unwanted nutrition in your tank. Try to keep your gravel clean. You can do this with a gravel cleaner tool. You simply put this on the top of a water hose and do a water change.

The Instagram User leaf_stones just recommended this video. This is a guide how to clean your gravel with a turkey baster and a hose https://youtu.be/_XzN3yjCaL4

  • 4. Get a cleaning crew for your tank.

There are a lot of useful helpers, that will eat the algae and the leftovers from feeding. Using them will improve the health of your tank a lot!

Some examples are:
– Shrimp
– Otocinclus
– Gastromyzontidae
– Snails
-and a lot more.

I’ll do an extra article for this topic soon.

Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoyed it. This was a quick overview of the problems I had during my aquascape journey. I’ll add some more info to this article when I am facing other problems.

Let me know if you need any help with your algae problem.

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