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Planted Tank Algae Treatment & Prevention

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    BLACK BRUSH ALGAE (BBA)
    • Synonyms: Black Beard Algae
    • Description: Description Here..
    • Cause: Low/fluctuating CO2 levels, Not enough water flow.
    • Treatment: Add more CO2, Stablise CO2, Trim, Fix water flow, Treat with Excel/EasyCarbo.

    BLUE GREEN ALGAE (BGA)
    • Synonyms: Cyanobacteria, Slime Algae, Smear Algae
    • Description: Description Here..
    • Cause: Low nitrates, Introduced to the tank, Excess Light, High levels of organic wastes (dirty filter or substrate).
    • Treatment: Reduce light, Partial water changes, Physical removal, Clean tank.

    CLADOPHORA
    • Synonyms: Blanket Weed
    • Description: Description Here..
    • Cause: Low/fluctuating CO2, Low nutrient levels, Introduction via new plants.
    • Treatment: Add more CO2, Stablise CO2, Trim, Fix water flow, treat with Excel/EasyCarbo.

    DIATOMS
    • Synonyms: Brown Algae, Diatom Bloom
    • Description: Description Here..
    • Cause: Silicates and ammonia in new tanks.
    • Treatment: Wait until the bloom passes, Otocinclus affinis (Oto catfish).

    GREEN DUST ALGAE (GDA)
    • Synonyms:
    • Description: Description Here..
    • Cause: Low/fluctuating CO2 levels, Not enough water flow, Low nutrients (KH2PO4).
    • Treatment: Add more CO2, Stablise CO2, Clean/Scrape, Fix water flow, Increase phosphate levels (KH2PO4), Bushy nose Pleco/Bristle nose Pleco (Ancistrus sp.), Leave it alone and wipe off after one month.

    GREEN SPOT ALGAE (GSA)
    • Synonyms:
    • Description: Description Here..
    • Cause: Low/fluctuating CO2 levels or not enough water flow, Low nutrients (KH2PO4).
    • Treatment: Add more CO2, Stablise CO2, Clean/Scrape, Fix water flow, Increase phosphate levels (KH2PO4)

    GREEN WATER (GW)
    • Synonyms: Algae bloom
    • Description: Description Here..
    • Cause: Ammonia, Excess light, especially direct sunlight, Ammonia spikes
    • Treatment: Reduce light, Large water changes, UV steriliser/clarifier.

    HAIR ALGAE
    • Synonyms: Thread Algae, Fuzz Algae
    • Description: Description Here..
    • Cause: Low/fluctuating CO2 levels or not enough water flow,
    • Treatment: Add more CO2, Stablise CO2, Trim, Fix water flow, treat with Excel/EasyCarbo.

    MILKY WATER
    • Synonyms:
    • Description: Description Here..
    • Cause: Cause Here.
    • Treatment: Treatment Here.

    STAGHORN
    • Synonyms:
    • Description: Description Here..
    • Cause: Low/fluctuating CO2 levels or not enough water flow, Dirty Filter/Substrate, Over feeding
    • Treatment: Add more CO2, Stablise CO2,Fix water flow, Clean filter and substrate, reduce feeding, treat with Excel/EasyCarbo.

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