Diatoms, also known as brown algae, appear as brown patches on plants. Brown algae is common in new setups for the first couple of weeks. Often, brown algae or diatoms can go away without much intervention as the tank matures. Read on to find out how to remove brown algae or diatoms from planted tank.
Black beard algae first appear as small furry black dots as small as the tip of a pen before blossoming into full size. How to remove BBA from planted tank? It depends on where the algae is attached to. Read on to find out more what is BBA and solutions to get rid of BBA.
Filamentous algae includes hair, fur, fuzz, thread algae. All these have common trigger factors and tend to attach to damaged or stressed plants. Healthy, well maintained planted tanks should be completely free of filamentous algae.
Staghorn algae appear as thick grey hairs on the edges of leaf margins. They can be hard to remove by hand. They differ from BBA (Black brush algae) in that BBA has a finer texture and usually darker color.
Having problems with tough, green filamentous threads-like algae in your planted tank? You are having cladophora algae. Cladophora algae is a higher level algae which is undeterred by healthy plant mass. Read how to remove cladophora algae in your planted tank.
Green dust algae is a common algae that appears as a green film on tank walls. It is easily wiped off but comes back quickly. For aquascapers that had tanks with chronic GDA, wiping the glass on a weekly basis might seem like an inevitable thing - we assure you that it is not. Read on to find out how to control green dust algae (GDA) in a planted aquarium.
Cyanobacteria or blue-green algae (BGA) is often caused by a combination of deteriorating plants, excess organic waste at substrate level and poor flow or poor oxygen levels. Read on more to find out what causes cyanobacteria in aquarium and how to get rid of BGA in planted tank.
There is a difference between green spot algae (GSA) vs green dust algae (GDA). Green spot algae forms distinct circular dots that are very tough to scrape off while green dust algae is easily wiped/scrapped away. GDA forms much more quickly than GSA.