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Thread algae belongs to a green algae species and manifests itself in the aquarium as long threads that can be up to 50 cm long. Thread algae comes in many appearances. Both short and long and sometimes slimy or a bit stiffer. Decorative materials and plants are used as attachment sites, but there are also types of filamentous algae that wrap around plants and only "hold" them. Traces of these algae can end up in the aquarium in many ways. It is therefore not surprising that these algae occur in the aquarium. It is sometimes said that "thread algae are a sign of good water quality". That is a killer and incorrect. Obviously it is a sign of imbalance.
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Thread algae can enter the aquarium through spores that come along with new plants or fish. That is why we often see them in newly decorated aquariums. If the aquarium has been running for some time, the cause can be sought in an imbalance in the supply of nutrients. This is often accompanied by a shortage of CO2. The plant growth in the aquarium remains behind, so that the algae have no competition from the aquarium plants.
There are several ways to get rid of thread algae. First of all, it will be necessary to ensure sufficient presence of nutrients. Think of Nitrate (NO3) and phosphate (PO4), but also trace elements should not be missing. An adequate CO2 level of 20 to 30mg/L is also recommended. String algae will probably also benefit from this extra nutrition, but will lose the competition with the plants over time. It is therefore important to be on top of it and to remove all thread algae as much as possible. Pick or remove daily with brushes and do this persistently. A temporary darkening of the aquarium can also help, but this will also hit the plants and inhibit their growth. So there is a chance that the algae will simply come back. However, it can be useful to shorten the lighting duration to 6-8 hours or to reduce the intensity somewhat.
Using EasyCarbo is also an effective way to kill the algae.
String algae under a microscope are beautiful! The threads consist of segments that have similarities with bamboo stems. There are also differences in the structure. Special to see!
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