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Algal blooms in the Great Lakes

A local company with a solution to address large freshwater lake algal blooms. I realize this is vastly different than a planted tank, but it will be interesting to follow this company and its approach.

https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/...e-algal-blooms
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A local company with a solution to address large freshwater lake algal blooms. I realize this is vastly different than a planted tank, but it will be interesting to follow this company and its approach.

https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/...e-algal-blooms
Natural ecological systems are very different from glass box artificial systems. So the findings in one may not necessarily be applicable to the other; for instance, excessive nutrients is agreed by scientists to cause algae in natural waters, but EI approach has demonstrated that insufficient, rather than excessive nutrients, cause algae. Also the types of algae environmentalists have to deal with are different from aquarists, for instance, bba is problematic in many planted tanks, but never in a natural system. The use of wetland to mop up nutrients is not new, and a heavily planted tank is essentially a wetland.. The use of additive to sink algae to the bottom of a lake is a new approach, but sinking algae is no better than floating algae in a planted tank.
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All true. I tend to appreciate creative or unorthodox solutions to problems. Binding to and sinking nitrates and phosphates seems pretty interesting, albeit, the depths necessary don't typically exist in aquariums.
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