Why does this happen and how do I prevent it?
The most common types of hair algae are Cladophora, Oedogonium, Vaucheria and Spirogyra and these will range in colour from green or brown to black in some cases.
There are several factors that can cause excessive growth of algae and although an Anti Hair Algae treatment will remove algae, the causing factors must be addressed to prevent further outbreaks.
Major influencing factors are :
- Over exposure to light (especially natural sun light) so it is important to control lighting levels (using a timer to mimic a natural day night cycle) and consider the positioning of your tank as aquariums should never be positioned in direct sunlight
- Excess nutrients in the tank can be controlled by introducing live plants to use up some of those and regular water changes to reduce these further
Other areas to consider to help prevent further outbreaks and aid treatment:
- Maintaining adequate filtration and completing regular maintenance
- Test water regularly (high nitrate levels will encourage algal blooms)
- Keeping plants healthy by feeding with Flora Boost
– with no plant you can use Anti Hair Algae treatment regularly as a preventative measure
- Introducing species that will eat algae (i.e. Bristlenose, Catfish varieties and Dwarf Otocinclus)
What treatment should I use?
Keep It Clean
For hair algae, sludge and enhanced plant growth