We showed you how to treat & identify algae in our last blog: Aquarium Algae: What will eat it and How to treat it.
Now that you’re an algae expert, it’s time to look at your filtration system and possibly identify areas that could be contributing to your algae problem.
There are three types of filtration that are essential to the perfect BALANCE of ALL aquariums.
This is the most basic type of filtration. This method removes waste, such as extra fish food, fish waste, etc., from the aquarium.
- Pre-filter sponges, filter socks
used in canister, sump or wet/dry filters
- Protein Skimmer and UV Sterilizers
Anything which provides a home for beneficial bacteria. This bacteria will break down dissolved solids to a less toxic form.
Here is what we recommend:
- Live Rock
- Live Sand
- Macro Algae and Refugiums
- Marine Pure: Block, Plate or Balls
This method removes dissolved particles through the use of activated carbon, GFO (Granular Ferric Oxide) and other absorbent resins.
- High Quality Activated Carbon
- GFO and Reactors
|Aquarium Parameter||Ideal Levels: Reef Tank||Ideal Levels: Fish Only|
|Temperature||76-78 degrees||74-78 degrees|
|pH||8.1 – 8.4||8.0 – 8.4|
|Nitrate (NO3)||Less than 1 ppm||Less than 30 ppm|
|Phosphate (PO4)||Less than 0.2 ppm||Less than 1.0 ppm|
Every aquarist strives for BALANCE in their systems and algae control is a natural part of this balancing act. As “natural” as it is, algae outbreaks have ruined the hobby for so many! identify your aquarium problem areas – Stop in today for a complimentary plan on how to best combat your algae.
Don’t’ wait to identify your aquarium problem areas – Stop in today for a complimentary plan on how to best combat your algae.