How To Deal With Algae

If your Jarrarium has algae, then congratulations! Algae is a wonderful sign telling you that your tank has viable nutrients, sustainable for aquatic life. These algae will serve as food, absorb extra nutrients, and grows incredibly fast. And as wonderful as it is, it can get in the way in the view of our Jarrariums, and can become a major problem for our aquatic creatures. Fortunately enough, there are several, sustainable ways to deal with algae!

Algae Eaters

In any aquatic setup, aquarists often spend hours on hours dealing with algae that grow in their setups. Here at How To Jarrarium however, we prioritize easy, low-maintenance setups that anyone can do, which includes dealing with algae. Fortunately for us, we’re able to deploy algae eaters that are able to maintain our algae for us, while also benefiting the ecosystem at the same time. In exchange for cleaning up our setups, they feed on the excess algae that grow, and produce waste that our plants absorb. With various aquatic setups, here’s a list of reliable algae eaters suited for different purposes!

Red Cherry shrimp

  • Lifespan: 1 year
  • Becomes little-to-no maintenance in any planted tank.
  • In a Jarrarium, they feed off of the growing algae and plants that naturally grows in the ecosystem, requiring no feeding on your part! (Just leave the light on often)
  • Reaches maturity at around six months, and then is capable of sexually reproducing.

Mystery snails

  • Lifespan: 1 year
  • Much like cherry shrimp, requires little-to-no maintenance in an established planted Jarrarium.
  • Be wary, these snails will uproot carpet plants to feed on the decaying matter.
  • Incredible algae eaters, if your tank suffers from any regular algae, including hair algae, these snails will significantly clean up.
  • Creates an excessive amount of waste, so be sure to have your Jarrarium be established as well as well-stocked in plants.

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