Red Slime Algae: What You Need To Know To Keep Your Tank Looking Its Best (And Live Longer) On Your Next Visit To The Marine World (And Beyond)

Red algae is actually not a "true" algae at all. It is a bacteria that is technically known as cyanobacteria. cyanobacterial algae are among the oldest forms of life on earth. They date back to 3. 5 billion years. These organisms produce oxygen as a byproduct of photosynthesis. Red algae can start as small patches but can quickly spread to form a mat that covers a large area. The growth of red algae is usually related to lighting and/or nutrients in the water. These are the two ingredients that all algae need to grow. Use bulbs that are designed for aquarium use. They should have an appropriate total wattage for the tank. Run the lights 8 to 9 hours a day. Phosphates (PO4) and nitrates (NO3) are primary nutrients for red and other green algae. Use RO/DI filtered make-up water and a high-quality sea salt mix. Be aware of the elements contained in other common aquarium products. Practice good aquarium maintenance care: keep the substrates clean, cut back on feedings, rinse regularly, rejuvenate, or change filtering or absorbing materials. Use wet/dry trickle-type filters for systems that have been running for some time. The bio media in them, especially bio balls, are real nitrate factories. Low water flow or movement throughout the aquarium produces carbon dioxide (CO2), which algae consume. Add a powerhead or two, install a wavemaker or surge device and/ or increase the flow rate or efficiency of the filtration system. . . .

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