CHOOSING THE RIGHT ALGAE-EATER BY THE TYPE OF ALGAE IN YOUR TANK
- Brown Algae – Most likely to develop in new tanks, brown algae thrive in low light conditions and in water that is rich in nitrates and phosphates. It typically forms in fluffy spots on substrate, rocks, glass, and tank decorations.
- Green Hair Algae – This type of algae forms wispy, hair-like growths that can reach 1 inch in length, or more. Hair also usually grows in high light conditions with low CO2 and nitrate levels.
- Brush Algae – Often found growing on the leaves of slow-growing plants and inside tank filters, brush algae is often the result of high kH or low CO2 levels.
- Blue-Green Algae – Also known as cyanobacteria, blue-green algae thrive in dirty substrate and filters as well as in tanks with poor circulation. It also does well with low nitrites and high levels of other nutrients.
- Green Spot Algae – This type of algae forms spots on the glass of your tank and on plant leaves. It usually grows in low CO2 and low phosphate levels or in tanks where the lights are left on too long during the day.
- Staghorn Algae – This algae forms strands that look like antlers and they are typically dark green to grey or black in color. Staghorn algae prefer low C02 levels as well as dirty substrate.
- Green Water – This is a sign of excess light or high ammonia levels – it could also indicate high levels of other nutrients or overfeeding (which could lead to the buildup of nutrients as the extra food is broken down).
- All Types – Twig Catfish, Siamese Algae Eater, Otocinclus Catfish, Bristlenose Pleco, Mollies, Nerite Snails, Ramshorn Snails, Mystery Apple Snail, Malaysian Trumpet Snail, Cherry Shrimp, Ghost Shrimp, Flying Fox, African Cichlids, Chaetostoma
- Brown Algae – Otocinclus Catfish, Amano Shrimp
- Green Hair Algae - Otocinclus Catfish, Nerite Snails, Amano Shrimp, Ghost Shrimp, Siamese Algae Eater, American Flagfish, Flying Fox
- Green Spot Algae – Bristlenose Pleco, Nerite Snails, Mystery Apple Snail
- Brush Algae – Mollies, Amano Shrimp, Siamese Algae Eater, Flying Fox,
- Blue-Green Algae - Mystery Apple Snail
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