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Old 10-14-2012, 01:28 AM   #7
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Default Removing Algae

Originally Posted by Sleek1607 View Post
I need to figure out how to get rid of algae on my plants, without uprooting the plants/disturbing the plants. Please give me tips!
Hello S...

The plant establishes itself in water with high levels of dissolved food. When you feed your fish and plants too much, then there's extra food for primitive plants like algae.

It's a slow process, but you can remove it by slowly reducing the amount you feed. In their natural setting, fish and plants are lucky to eat once a week. We need to feed the same way.

I feed fish and plants a little bit a couple of times a week and only what the fish will eat in a minute or two. That way, there's no added nutrients in the water. I have no visible algae in any of my planted tanks.

I also remove and replace half the water in my tanks, so if I feed a little too much, the water change will remove the added food.

Pretty simple, but it takes time. The algae didn't magicially appear overnight, so you can't get rid of it overnight.

"Fear not my child, just change the tank water."
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