The sight of algae in your aquarium can be a very annoying one, especially as it makes your tank look dirty and hinders you from seeing through the tank.
Algae cannot be avoided when keeping a freshwater aquarium as everything needed for them to thrive is present in a freshwater aquarium.
Optimum caution is needed when one wants to clean algae off the glass of the tank as one can easily get injured, injure the fish or even crack or scratch the tank glass.
So how do you achieve a clean aquarium that is Algae free?
Get The Right Tools
Cleaning algae off your aquarium glass is not such an easy task, and getting the right tools and cleaners for your aquarium is also essential because making use of wrong tools and cleaners puts your fish at risk as some of them may contain toxic chemicals.
Clean Inside The Glass With An Algae Pad
An excellent way to start is by thoroughly cleaning the glass on the inside with an algae pad. There are a wide variety of algae scrapers on the market, from long-handled scrubbers to magnetic scrubbers.
Algae pads gotten from the pet store are preferable as they won’t have some chemical residues which may be harmful to your fish(es).
Use A Blade To Scrape Off Stubborn Residue
This step is essential, especially when, after thoroughly cleaning, there is still residue from algae.
You need to take care so you’ll not injure yourself in the process of scraping it off.
It is advisable to use a plastic razor blade, as it can not only be used on any aquarium glass as opposed to a standard razor blade which may scratch some and but may also not cut you, thereby getting the cut infected in some cases.
Outside Glass and Fixtures
Once you have cleaned inside the glass, there’s the outside glass and some fixtures that also need to be clean. Some of the accessories include: the tank top, hood, light, and then you also clean the outside glass.
It is advisable to make use of vinegar or a cleaner that is safe for aquarium use as a lot of cleaners contain chemicals that can be toxic to your fish. After you’ve used the cleaner, you should clean the surfaces you used the cleaner on with a clean damp cloth, as a way of rinsing them.
To curb the growth of algae in your aquarium, you can do this:
Get Algae Eating-Fish
Some fishes are algae eaters, and getting them is a simple option in removing algae from your tank glass, which doesn’t put you through any stress. All you need to do is to add a few algae-eating fishes to your aquarium. There’s a wide variety of species to choose as there are different types of freshwater fish, which can be used as algae-eaters in your aquarium.
This may not be 100% effective, but it can help in reducing the presence of algae in your aquarium.
Taking these steps will help in keeping your aquarium clean and free of algae.