Removing Algae from Your Tank

Algae should be removed only when necessary. Don’t use scrubbing pads used for house cleaning as they may contain fungicides, which are harmful to fish.

Algae needs a large amount of lighting. You should  keep your tank away from windows to avoid excessive sunlight. Use a timer to turn off your aquarium lights at night. Overfeeding your fish may add to the problem, food left uneaten will remain in the water and provide the nutrients for the algae to thrive. In addition, excess food  will affect the quality of your tank water, promoting disease among less hardy species. Live plants can help to prevent future outburst, since they feed from the same nutrients needed by the algae.

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