I change the water every so often for my indoor fellas. having the water very acidic seems to work pretty good for me too. Airstones and getting alotta algae eaters is something some people do, lots of Daphnia for instance.
I have been keeping fishes in Aquariums for a long time, and I have really not experienced much Algae problems... except:
BlueGreen Algae (which is a cyanobacteria) which is a pain, and usually only fixed by completely cleaning the tank, and making sure that there is no left over algae, you can even use Clorox to disinfect, then make sure to rinse and use anti chlorine before using the tank.
I have had on occasion problems with "green water" algae, but usually easily fixed by water change and lowering of bioload.
Recently, because I am keeping some "daphnia/Moina" and freshwater fairyshimps as pets, I have tried to maintain an aquarium with Green water, and the funny thing is that it is difficult to actually keep a green water culture going. I have eventually settled on using one of my kid's pet turtle as a huge Bioload source, and it's tank now has green water for my other pets. No filter, no nothing and feeding the turtle regularly is the way for the green water to survive, I sometimes will harvest 1/4th of the water for feeding, and replenish it with tap water, without much problem or crashing. But of course when the kids decide they want their turtle to have clear water, they clean the tank, crash goes the green water. It takes me 1 week to get it going again, by first inoculating the turtle water with some green algae from my "feeding tank" and waiting... my point is that if it is hard for me to keep green water going on purpose, then it should be easy to kill them off when we don't want them
A pond of mine that houses Utrics and another that houses Aldro both for more than 5 years now are consistently clear. The reason is that I have planted Monocotes and some other plants that uses the nutrients which then prevents algae. I even top these ponds off with Tap water. (These ponds are no more than 30 gallons) by the way). No filtration at all, no CO2 injection, nothing. All I have to do is make sure the pond does not dry up.
So my advice: 1. Clean the tank first to be sure. 2. Don't overload the tank with fishes and other bio load. 3. Add beneficial plants that will use up the nutrients 4. Age it first, make sure it is very stable already before putting Carnivorous water plants.
Dionea Muscipula (VFT) N. Ventrata, N. Alata, N. Miranda Aldrovanda
Hi! I got a mini pond filled with u. vulgaris, at first the water was greenish but eventually it became clear.
According to my experience plus most of the literature there are a few things to take into account:
- As quogue said, Daphnia and other little swimmers feed on algae (plus the plants feed on them) so try to get some in there
- As arvin555 said also, you should try to make a balanced ecosystem including fish (not that many) and mainly water plants that will suck the nutrients and absorb the light.
On this note I recommend using both free floating (like salvinia) and anchored water plants (like nymphaea). You'll need to control some of this or they'll overrun the tank/pond but they are really efficient.
Referring to water life, there are algae eating fish that are really helpful and algae eating slugs (be careful there are also plant eating slugs)
- Lastly growing them in a glass aquarium with natural light is a losing game, if the light is too low the plants wont grow as well, if it is too strong the aquarium will become an algae mess. Solution? Artificial light or covering the sides of the aquarium so as to allow light only from above.
My plants have really grown a LOT since I managed to balance all this things!!
Post by pigeonracer on Apr 11, 2015 12:38:29 GMT 7
I have a couple of outdoor water lily "ponds" fashioned out of plastic storage containers, and the aquatic utrics in those ponds were recently completely covered by a bloom of a neon green, hair-like algal "goop". I mixed in Physan 20 to all the "ponds" at the recommended dose for algal control with water plants (something like 1 tsp. per 120 gallons or something like that), and it worked like a charm without any damage whatsoever to the plants. U. gibba, inflata, and purpurea all survived and the algae vanished in a few days. In combination with Bt for mosquito control, my ponds have finally been tamed.
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