What’s a Veggi...

The prime competitor to algae is simply other plants. All plants consume nitrogen and phosphorus and iron. So, if there are abundant live plants in a system, what’s an algae to eat? “Hey the plants are hogging up all the nitrogen!” (they whine bitterly) So if there’s a...

What’s a Pleco...

Name Plecostomus Introduction: This dark, suckermouthed scavenger is a useful additon to almost any aquaria whether it’s a cooler tropical tank or a giant cichlid tank. The Pleco’s interminable algae grazing is appreciated from an aesthetic standpoint. Description: This fish is...

Control of String Al...

String algae can be controlled a lot of different ways but the best way is to get some Plecostomus. They work tirelessly 24 hours a day until THEY are *huge* and the string algae is gone. String algae happens to be the absolute favorite of all time, for Plecostomus. Bar none. I used to roll...

Control of Green Wat...

This video discusses control of green water. In four concepts that are discussed by Dr Erik Johnson

Why Greenwater (Alga...

Algae matters because it can obscure your view of the fish and also, string algae can choke a filter. Good Reasons Algae Matters Well Algae seems to have some sort of healing effect on fish, whether that is actually a function of “A good home for algae is a good home for fish” or...

What is Algae?

Algae are single celled plants. They occur in primarily two forms, one form composes strands which can get so long they appear as “hair” or string and is referred to as “String Algae”. Fortunately, String Algae is very, very easy to control. The second form of algae is...

What Should I Know A...

It’s all about the water. Seriously. Prepare to kill fish until you “get it”. I would WAY rather live on the land in air, than be a fish living in water and there are several reasons. Diseases don’t transmit themselves quite as easily in the air as they do in the...

Branchiomyces: What ...

Branchiomyces in Koi Written by Dr Erik Johnson Thursday, 03 April 2008 18:41 ABSTRACT: BRANCHIOMYCES Branchiomyces is an aggressive gill fungus. It will kill fish by adulterating their gill tissue. The fungus compromises vascular supply to gill tissue and the affected areas die and slough...

Saprolegnia Fungus i...

Saprolegnia – Water Fungus – by R.E. Carlson Like all fresh water environments, koi and goldfish ponds are living ecosystems. They contain plants, algae, invertebrates, protozoa, bacteria and molds or fungi. Many of the life forms in our ponds are dependent upon each other. This is...