something to clean up
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|25th October 2007||#1 (permalink)|
something to clean up
Hey i was wondering again. Can i put any kind of fish like corydoras, or again a golden snail or normal snail to clean and eat all the algea in my axo's aquarium?
|25th October 2007||#2 (permalink)|
Wiping the algae out yourself is a better alternative.
|25th October 2007||#3 (permalink)|
Fish and other animals don't usually solve algae problems as they tend to not eat all algae but only certain types. Corydoras and other catfish are especially bad as they are armed with defensive spikes on their pectoral fins which can kill an axie if the fish are swallowed. Corydoras are also not algae eaters; they are omnivores.
Manual removal of algae and finding the root cause of the growth is the best choice. In this case an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Performing regular partial water changes, cleaning your aquarium bottom regularly and reducing light that strikes the axolotl enclosure will all help keep algae from growing.
If your tank gets direct sunlight you should immediately block it as not only can it warm up the aquarium quickly but it also provides a great stimulus for algae growth. The regular water maintenance is important because the ends products of the nitrogen cycle (and intermediates of the cycle) are all basically fertilizers. This is why you need to perform the water changes: to remove nitrate and to siphon out the bottom of the aquarium. It is also a good idea to remove uneaten food and poops with a turkey baster as soon as you see them.
|25th October 2007||#4 (permalink)|
There are 3 solutions to algea control.
1. increase water quality by more frequent water changes and less food polution.
2. manually remove it on a very regular basis.
3. Use fast growing live plants that will outcompete the algae for nutrients.
The use of clean up critters is an OK adjunct in lots of situations but should never be used as a primary tool as it is unreliable and often makes the situation worse as the critters produce waste, and when they die off they release all sorts of crud back into the water. The use of critters in newt/sal/axie tanks is covered really well in the links Jenn posted and as you will see is frowned upon.
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