By now, you’ve probably seen the recent news of a dead coral fish in the Great Barrier Reef.
While some believe it’s a freak accident, others believe the coral is actually dead and that it was accidentally dumped in the water, leading to an environmental disaster.
It’s a controversial issue, but the best way to protect your aquarium is to keep the algae out of the water and clean the fish tank, says Aquarium Marine Life Association executive director Tim Jones.
If you can’t keep your fish from getting algae, you’ll need to consider the alternative of feeding the fish an algae-free diet, which can be pricey.
Here’s what you need to know about the different algae-eating methods.
How do you eat algae?
Fish can digest algae as long as it’s not too small and doesn’t have too much protein, but if it’s too large and heavy, it’ll eat it.
The most popular algae-eaters are shrimp, squid and snails.
Algae in the aquariums that are fed shrimp, for example, will eat up to 100 times more algae than a fish that’s not fed shrimp.
You don’t need to feed shrimp every day, however, as some fish are more tolerant than others.
To keep algae from eating your fish, you can use a filter or a food filter.
The simplest method is to feed a fish with algae-containing food, which is easy to do by using a sponge and using the water to rinse the sponge off.
But it’s also possible to feed algae-rich food into your fish tanks.
You can buy a fish feeder that can remove most types of algae from the water in just one or two days, and it can also remove some types of bacteria.
Fish tankers should also make sure their fish are fed a diet that contains a healthy amount of protein, so that the fish can get enough nutrients and digest the algae.
Aquarium fish tankers have to be very careful when it comes to algae-feeding.
If they get algae from a fish in their aquarium, it can get into the tank.
So, be sure to clean the aquarium regularly to remove the algae before adding any new fish.
Another option is to simply use the same aquarium water for algae-fed fish as you would for a fish not eating algae.
So you don’t have to worry about adding too much water to the tank when you add new fish, Jones says.
If your aquarium needs extra oxygen, you should also use a CO2 filter to filter out the oxygen from your fish’s food, he adds.
A CO2 gas filter can be used to clean your fish tank if you’re adding a fish to your tank for a short time, but Jones warns against using it if you plan to keep aquariums for longer.
How long does it take to get rid of algae?
Algae will stay alive and digestable in the fish for up to two weeks.
After two weeks, algae will begin to decompose and will start to die off.
Once algae starts to die, you need more algae-based food, Jones explains.
If it’s still alive after two weeks and you don to keep adding fish to the aquarium, the algae-consuming fish will eat the algae and the algae will become trapped inside the aquarium.
You should then remove the aquarium and clean it out, but there’s still a chance of some algae growing back.
Jones says that even if the algae is gone after a certain time, it’s possible that some algae will still be living inside the tank after you remove the fish, so it’s important to get it out.
You’ll need a filter to remove any algae-related debris or algae-bearing materials from the aquarium or tank, and you’ll also need to add a fish food filter to the filter.
Algal blooms and algae problems are common in aquariums, but you shouldn’t get too concerned about them.
Jones suggests cleaning the aquarium with a cloth to get any remaining algae-producing material out.
How can I control algae in my aquarium?
You can use algae-friendly filters, like a COII filter or an aquarium food filter, but some aquariums have a limit on the amount of oxygen they can allow.
If the oxygen is too low, algae can start to grow and cause problems.
Jones also advises using a filter if you live in a cold climate and need to keep an aquarium warm, and that you also should never feed algae to fish that live in an aquarium that’s too cold.
Fish that are kept in cold water may not get enough oxygen to digest the carbon dioxide, so the algae in the tank can cause problems, Jones warns.
You may also need a COH2 filter, or you can just use an aquarium water filter to clean out algae-forming materials in the filter, Jones adds.
How to kill algae in your aquarium: If you want to remove algae from your aquarium, you may need to remove some algae-growing material from the fish.
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