The Importance of “Light” to Koi, Goldfish and Aquarium Fish in General

Why Can’t Koi and Goldfish Live in the Dark? Is “Sunlight” Absolutely Necessary? It bears mentioning that light has several effects on fish which can ensure your success or failure. Full spectrum lighting with sufficient intensity and spectrum will stimulate the growth of healthy, green sessile algae. Algae benefit the fish in numerous ways including: … Read more

The REAL Siamese Algae Eater

Folks face brush algae, also known as beard algae, black beard algae, red algae which is a tight, fastidious and hard bristle algae that can cover surfaces and mar the appearance of a fish tank and its ornamentation. Hardly anything eats it. The REAL Siamese Algae Eater I’ve taken rocks and ornaments out into the … Read more

Live Plants and Koi For Algae Control

Koi and plants do fine if the plants are abundant enough. If you “try” one or two plants to see how it goes the group of Koi will consider them quite the novelty and will probably allocate a lot of time to checking them out. Not having thumbs, they experience their world with their mouths. … Read more

Veggie Filters: Algae Control Naturally

The prime competitor to algae is simply other plants. All pants consume nitrogen and phosphorus and iron. So, if there are abundant live plants in a system, what’s an algae to eat? “Hey the plants are hogging up all the nitrogen!” (they whine bitterly) Veggie Filters: Algae Control Naturally So if there’s a handy way … Read more

Algae Control: Green Water Algae Bloom

Algae Control, Green Water Bloom. This is an old video with good, current information. Crude in it’s cinematography, but full of good information.  Greenwater is basically just that: Green Water which obscures your view of the fish, but is healthy. It is a product of nitrogen fuel, fish, sun and a failure to have competition … Read more

Why Algae Matters: Green Algae Blooms

Algae matters because it can obscure your view of the fish and also, string algae can choke a filter. Good Reasons Algae Matters Well Algae seems to have some sort of healing effect on fish, whether that is actually a function of “A good home for algae is a good home for fish” or the … Read more

What Is Algae?

Algae are single celled plants. They occur in primarily two forms, one form composes strands which can get so long they appear as “hair” or string and is referred to as “String Algae”. Fortunately, String Algae is very, very easy to control. The second form of algae is a bloom of the single celled free … Read more

String Algae Control – The Plecostomus

I’ve seldom had a problem with String Algae Control because I rely on a plecostomus or three to do my dirty work. They LOVE String algae and they can live in any water above 56 degrees. At 55 degrees, the just. flat. die. Above 70 degrees they actively eat green algae to it’s roots and … Read more

Using a Veggie (vegetation) filter to stop green water

Algae Free – Using a Veggie (vegetation) filter to stop green water – by Doc Johnson People with veggie filters have been out there for a long, long time. I’ve been over here using UV’s and algae for Nitrate control and green water control. One of the reasons I resisted a veggie filter was the … Read more