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How to Get Rid of Algae and Diatoms in the Aquarium

How to Get Rid of Algae and Diatoms in the Aquarium

Today we’ll discuss everyone’s least favorite topic in the aquarium hobby: algae! Without a doubt, algae is the number one reason people quit this beautiful hobby. Algae has a rough reputation, and rightfully so. It’s unsightly, appears to come out of nowhere, and exists in some capacity in every single tank. But fear not! Once you’ve got some knowledge, experience, and the right tools under your belt, algae isn’t so intimidating.

We’re three weeks into the life of my UNS 60U, and the green hair algae and diatoms have arrived right on schedule. In today’s video, I’ll walk you through my step-by-step process for how I respond to that first wave of green algae and diatoms. I’ll teach you how to clean your glassware with a bleach solution, I’ll go over how to clean the aquarium glass, we’ll scrub the plants, siphon algae/diatoms, and drain waste organics. We’ll conclude with a large water change.

Thanks for watching! Don’t hesitate to leave a comment and let me know how you deal with nuisance algae and diatoms. There are many roads to success in aquascaping, so I’d love to hear from you. See you in the next one!

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TIMESTAMPS

00:00 – Intro & What We’ll Cover
02:05 – The Tools You’ll Need
02:48 – How to Remove Glass Lily Pipes
03:19 – How to Clean Lily Pipes with Bleach
05:00 – How to Clean the Glass with a Razor
06:18 – How to Clean Silicon with a Toothbrush
06:35 – How to Manually Remove Hair Algae
07:25 – How to Use Airline Tubing to Clean Moss
08:13 – How to Remove Diatoms
09:16 – How to Clean Cosmetic Sand
10:00 – Draining the Water
10:51 – Attaching Lily Pipes & Filling the Tank
11:38 – Closing Thoughts
12:16 – Before & After B-Roll

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AQUARIUM GEAR & MATERIALS

GLASS
Ultimate Nature Systems 60U (20 gal)

FILTRATION
OASE Biomaster 600 Thermo

LIGHTING
TWINSTAR 600S
Way2top Aquarium Light LED Dimmer

CO2
VIVOSUN Hydroponics CO2 Regulator
Twinstar CO2 Diffuser (small)
Pressurized CO2 Cylinder (5lbs)

SUBSTRATE SYSTEM
ADA Aquasoil Amazonia ver. II (1.3 bags)
ADA Bacter 100, Clear Super, Tourmaline BC

HARDSCAPE
Seiryu Stone
Pacific Wood

PLANTS
Helanthium tenellum ‘Green’
Cryptocoryne wendtii ‘Green Gecko’
Echinodorus ‘Aflame’
Bucephalandra (assorted)
Anubias nana ‘Petite’
Microsorum pteropus ‘Black Forest’
Fissidens fontanus

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