How to clean a fish tank of algae

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In our work as aquarium maintenance experts we are often asked about common problems such as …how do you get rid of long or short flowing algae in a fish tank?

The long flowing algae looks like hair, so most people call it hair algae. This can be a bigger problem in reef tanks because it can cause problems with the corals. In other tanks, it’s just more of a nuisance and it’s just not pretty to look at. This is caused by too many phosphates. We try to stay on top of that by testing for it regularly and then filtering the water when water changes are made.

In fresh water, there is actually one particular fish that eats them, which is wonderful and it even looks reasonably attractive :). Some places like in Brookline Mass, where there’s a lot of phosphate, we put them in the fresh water tanks, so that it doesn’t get out of control.

In salt water tanks, we constantly put in phosphate remover, plus certain crabs and snails that eat the hair algae.

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