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How to Clean Algae from a Fish Tank | Aquarium Care

How to Clean Algae from a Fish Tank | Aquarium Care


The viewing panel you can clean with a regular
aquarium algae sponge. Don’t use a sponge from your sink or from
CVS or something, because a lot of them have anti-microbial agents, and that’ll harm your
aquarium. So use a regular aquarium sponge. Find out if you have a glass or acrylic tank
and use the appropriate sponge for that. So that takes care of the glass. If you need to, use it to clean the overflow
pipes or the sides of the aquarium, or clean some of the decorations. You also want to control algae from growing
in the first place. Algae thrives on sunlight and nutrients. And when I say “sunlight,” I mean aquarium
light, sunlight, any kind of lighting will promote algae. But if your nutrient levels are low — your
nitrates and phosphates, mainly — algae’s not going to grow that well. So the main thing to controlling algae, which
will result in how you clean it, is to keep your nutrient levels in check. But algae’s going to grow inevitably. To clean it, you want to use the pad that
I told you on the front of the glass. On the decorations, you can take them out,
soak them in hot water. You can use light bleach, but you want to
be very, very careful, because bleach is caustic. It’ll discolor things if you use too much
of it. And when you put the items back in the aquarium,
if there’s any bleach residue, it’ll shock the system. It’ll kill bacteria, and you’ll have an ammonia
and nitrite spike. But bleach is a great tool to cleaning plants. Only use it if you know what you are doing
and are very, very careful. I don’t want to hear people taking my advice,
going and bleaching their aquarium decorations and parts, and losing their fish. That would make me feel really bad. So you want to clean using hot water mainly. Use a good scrub brush. Not a wire brush, because a wire brush is
going to just ruin and shred most aquarium decorations. And the glass itself will be kept clean just
by doing periodic weekly cleanings with the pads. Fish will also help to clean algae. Plecos, Otocinclus, algae eaters in freshwater
aquariums. Also, snails will help to clean the glass
and decorations in an aquarium. You don’t want to use too many of them. Snails, if allowed to just multiply, will
quickly completely overcrowd an aquarium to plague proportions. So just go with a couple of snails in the
aquarium and keep them in check. And the fish, just a couple of small fish. Plecos, algae eaters. But remember that Plecos get really big, so
if you have a small tank, maybe go with Otocinclus or algae eaters. And if the water chemistry is kept in check,
the phosphates and nitrates are kept low, the amount of algae that grows should be able
to be kept in check with regular weekly front glass cleanings and the help of your algae-eating
fish.

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