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Feel free to take in the following article before enjoying  African Cichlids Aquarium Algae. 


That unwanted, persistent, annoying , unwelcome guest in your aquarium water, ALGAE!  If I forgot a word to describe

this stuff, please forgive me. If the cause of its presence isn’t properly identified, your attempts of getting it to leave will

probably be unsuccessful.  African Cichlids aquarium algae is usually a result of underlying water quality issues.


Algae are prolific opportunistic organisms that enter your cichlids aquarium water because something in there is out

of balance.  Excess nutrients, poor water circulation, and insufficient oxygenation or your aquarium water can be some

of the issues opening the door for it to pay a visit to your aquarium and make it their home.  These water qualities may

seem minor, but it is the combination of them that creates a water imbalance and opens up that door.  Therefore, a

multifaceted approach focusing on each water quality issue is an effective avenue to shutting the door, and locking it

on African Cichlids aquarium growth.




Begin your algae control by taking note of how much food you are feeding your African Cichlids.  Feed them the

amount of food that the will consume in one minute.  Any food after the period of time will end up on the

bottom of your aquarium as excess nutrients., which affects your water quality as the food breaks down releasing

these nutrients. Your African Cichlids are large fish and produce more organic waste, increasing the food supply

for algae growth.  Several other common nutrient sources may be right in your water source from your faucet.

Regular, scheduled water chances must be apart of your maintenance schedule. ( 1/3 water change monthly),

will help to remove or dilute nutrient concentration in your aquarium water.



If your aquarium water was any areas where water movement is poor, that may be a location where African Cichlids

aquarium algae may form because waste material will settle and accumulate in that area and create a foundation for

algae growth.  Simply directing water flow to those areas will reduce that buildup of waste materials, eliminating a

food source to algae, and allows your filter system to work more efficiently my removing it from your aquarium water!

With that thought in mind, it is essential to clean your mechanical filtration on a regular basis to keep in operating as

effectively as possible. If this is not done, your media will become saturated and eventually release this waste material

right back into your aquarium water.



Aeration allows gas exchange wher carbon dioxide is released from your aquarium water, and fresh air and oxygen is

introduced.  Algae requires carbon dioxide to thrive.  Introducing a ‘bubble wall” during your system set-up usually

eliminates aeration as being a factor in African CIchlids aquarium algae growth.



There is no substitute for regular, routine maintenance.  It is a “must do” . Cleaning the inside of your aquarium

glass should be done weekly.  Additional algae control may be required if you are experiencing free-floating oxygen

in your aquarium water.  The use of a UV sterilizer will help it from multiplying.


Using a phosphate based chemical can enhance water quality and reduce algae growth.


A natural approach to algae management is the best option to controlling algae.  This can be achieved by regular

water changes, filter maintenance, and phosphate  media, if needed.


When reaching for chemicals to assist in algae control, read the instructions carefully. These can compromise your

biological filtration if not followed to a tee!


Be comfortable with the fact that some algae growth is a natural and beneficial aspect in a water environment.  Algae

consumes excess nutrients and oxygen.  No one wins the challenge of completely geting rid of all algae in an

aquarium.  It is a closed ecosystem and a little green fine!  Success is finding that natural balance for your African

CIchlids aquarium algae management!

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Feel free to leave a comment with your experience on this topic.  As a courtesy to your fellow African Cichlids

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