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  1. #1

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    Default Algae good, bad, too much, just right?

    0 Not allowed!
    When I had my first tank, I was paranoid about algae. With my second tank, I'm okay with algae. I'm under the impression that having some algae is good and normal. However, it's hard to find opinions on this. In my google searches most come back with DIE ALGAE DIE!!!!!! So I'm wondering, what is considered too much algae, who likes to have some algae, reasons why etc. I have algae on fake plants and rocks in my 55 gallon, but nothing that's taking over the tank. It's a bit unsightly (if you think an algae free tank is the definition of sightly). All opinions welcome.

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    1 Not allowed!
    with the exception of cyanobacteria, which isn't a true alga, algae actually is harmless to fish.
    they provide food(directly and indirectly by providing microorganism habitat) and shelter for fish, and can improve water quality.
    the thing is that aquarists find algae quite unsightly. therefore, there is no too much or too little algae, there only is how much algae you tolerate personally.

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    0 Not allowed!
    I don't like algae that grow on my real plants. I'm not too keen on algae on the front window. For the rest I don't care all that much.

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    0 Not allowed!
    I think it really comes down to personal taste. As already posted, true algae is actually beneficial to a aquarium, but it can cause problems when/if it starts to grow on plants. I have never really minded algae too much in my aquarium. In lower amounts, I think it adds a more natural look to a set-up

    It can be pretty interesting to read about the differing opinions about this. I know a few people that have both freshwater and marine aquariums. In there fresh water aquariums they can not stand the sight of any algae and will invest a lot of time and effort to get rid of and prevent it, but in their marine aquarium they try to grow coraline (a certain type of marine algae) because they like the look of it.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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