How to Control Algae
- Keep your aquarium at a cool temperature between 76-77 degrees F
- Lights should only be on for 8-12 hours a day
- Get yourself a reverse osmosis system to filter your tap water. Water should be used for water changes and top-offs of aquarium. Reverse Osmosis Deionization is necessary if you plan on keeping a reef tank as the organisms are extra sensitive in those environments.
- Get an ultraviolet sterilizer (UV) to your aquarium. These can be set in-line to your filtering system to cut down on free floating microalgae in the water.
- Add a clean-up crew to establish a natural balance. For freshwater tanks you can get a plecostamus, otocinclus fish, snails, etc and if you have a saltwater tank you can get crabs, snails, slugs, emerald crabs, sally lightfoot crabs, blennies, tangs, and sand sifting gobies and stars.