How to Clean Algae From an Aquarium

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In order to remove algae from an aquarium, simply use an algae sponge from an aquarium store, or an algae scraper. Find out how stainless steel blades work great on glass tanks for cleaning algae with help from the owner of a pet fish store in this free video on algae and aquariums.

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Hi, I'm Eric with the World of Wet Pets Tropical Fish in Portland, Oregon, and I'm here to talk about how to remove algae from an aquarium. There are many different implements for removing algae. The most popular and common is the algae sponge. It's a good idea to get your algae sponge from an aquarium store. Beware kitchen sponges as some will have mildecides and most mildecides will kill your fish very, very quickly. Another option if you have really, really hard algaes are your algae scrapers. In glass tanks a stainless steel blade works great. In acrylic tanks a plastic blade works really well. And that's good for chiseling off the really, really hard algaes. And in some cases it's fun to use these algae magnets where you have one on the inside one on the outside. So I'll show you briefly how it works in the aquarium. The algae pad quite simply you just run it back and forth with your hand. Very,very simple. The scraper with the blade generally you will just run up and down taking off all the hard pieces. And then finally the floating magnet, one on the inside, one on the outside. You don't have to get your hands wet at all and you can just run the magnet across and the one on the inside does all the work.

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