Many fish aquariums have a variety of nuisance algae, including brown algae, diatom, green hair algae in saltwater fish aquariums, and green algae in freshwater fish tanks.
The most common and efficient aquarium algae control methods are by carrying out regular water changes, keeping algae-eaters, controlling light, reducing nitrate level, avoid over-feeding and over-crowding. A properly maintained fish aquarium should not have noticeable algae.
Should nuisance algae appear on Instant Reef® Artificial Coral Reef aquarium décor, follow these simple suggestions:
1) Take artificial corals out of the aquarium, use low pressure water to flush, or use a soft brush to clean.
2) Labor-free algae cleaning by using algae eaters. For example: In saltwater tanks, marine snails crawl, algae is cleaned. Keeping snails at a rate of one snail per 10 gallons of water is sufficient enough. Astrea Snails, Margarita Snails are good candidates. In freshwater tanks, plecos and catfish are good candidates
3) Removing the Instant Reef® Artificial Coral Reef aquarium decor from the tank and letting it dry then placing it back in the tank is a way to turn the algae into healthy fish food.
4) Many professional aquarium contractors, aquarium maintenance companies, aquarium service businesses use bleach to clean Instant Reef® Artificial Coral Reef aquarium decoration inserts, they think it is easy, fast, and using proper concentration of bleach is safe to aquarium fish.
In this video we show you how to use bleach to clean algae on Instant Reef® Artificial Coral Reef aquarium decor inserts.
Caution: bleach can be hazardous, using bleach is at your own risk, color-fading and peeling is not covered in the warranty. Instant Reef is not responsible for fish loss or other damage.
Always wear proper protection like goggles, rubber gloves.
We prepared a 20 gallon tank, a power head, and a medium-size Instant Reef® Artificial Coral Reef aquarium decor insert. This insert had been used for almost two years, as you can see, green algae has covered 90% of it, original colors could not be seen.
We purchased two 3-quart bottles of bleach at a local convenient store, each bottle costs $1.50
Mix 10% bleach solution by adding nine parts water with one part bleach. For example, 1 gallon of bleach mix with 9 gallons of water. Use bleach and plain water only, do not add other chemicals. Pour bleach into water, use a power head to circulate water.
Carefully dip the artificial coral reef into mixed 10% bleach solution. Do not use bleach concentrate higher than 10%
Within 5 minutes, algae starts to disappear. Original colors of corals start to re-appear.
After 15 minutes, only few algae left on corals tips, which can be removed later by water flushing. Do not bleach for more than 15 minutes
If you cannot accommodate a deep enough container for your coral, put the artificial coral reef aquarium decor insert upside down, in order to clean the upper half. After another 15 minutes, insert the upper half was to clean and complete the process.
A plastic tube was connected to the power head when draining off bleach solution. Disposal should be in accordance with applicable regional, national and local laws and regulations.
It is very important to rinse artificial coral reef thoroughly before returning it back into aquarium. WARNING: Bleach residue can be hazardous to aquarium life. It is recommended to soak artificial reef inserts in a container, completely submerged, put in a garden hose, let water run and overflow for minimum of 2 hours, making sure both inside and outside are free of bleach.
See final results in less than 30 minutes, before aquarium bleaching, the artificial coral reef insert was heavily covered by algae. After bleaching it regains its colors, making it appear just like new!