NANFA-- A word on algae
Sun, 4 Mar 2001 00:13:16 EST

As I understand it, algae outbreaks occur when imbalances in the aquarium
happen, and potasium and nitrogen is used by the algae. The algae use the
nutrients before the plants can, and outcompete them. So to succesfully get
algae down to a reasonable level, the plants need to be outcompeting the
algae. They need to be higher level consumers. I may be wrong on this, please
correct me if I'm wrong. Algae are really plants, and so they need the same
nutrients to live and grow. So do I need to make the nutrients more available
to the desireable plants than to the algae, or do I need to remove/add trace
elements that disencourage alage growth, but are useful to plants? I am
confused on the whole idea, can anyone please clarify my ideas? Thank you!

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