Weeds growing in a freshwater aquarium are a real nuisance. They take up a lot of space and don’t require a lot of maintenance. But once they are in place, the removal of them is difficult unless you are highly skilled at removing weeds from the home.
The Removal Of Seaweeds
The removal of seaweed from an aquarium requires knowledge about their habitat. First of all, understand that they are not weeds like wildflowers. They are actually corals and need to be treated differently. You must take care that they are not harmed during removal because of a lack of maintenance.
That’s because seaweeds are more protected than natural growth and will not suffer much if neglected. Once removed, seaweeds will still have a lot of resistance.
For instance, if you accidentally add too much tank nutrients that are too strong for the coral, the coral will die before you even know what happened. Seaweeds would have died the first time. This is why proper prevention is necessary.
Keep in mind that when you remove seaweeds, you have to avoid damaging their natural growth. Make sure to use a net when you are removing weeds from a tank. Otherwise, you could damage the environment more.
Using Big Net For Seaweed
Don’t use a net that only catches on small weeds or you will not get the most out of it. If the net is big enough, it should be set in such a way that it captures smaller weeds like sea lily, zori, and octopus. This will prevent bigger weeds from spreading and breeding. Moreover, using a net ensures that the weeds are not able to reproduce quickly.
Second, try to keep the organic matter as low as possible. Some seaweeds can make their own organic matter. It is really great if you have the ability to collect the weeds from your tank but if you are not comfortable with this task, then you can keep the organic matter at the highest level. Using an air stone is a good method.
A non-living coral will be a good artificial coral for these weeds. Some weeds are very dense. With this technique, you can avoid damaging the tank environment.
However, for larger weeds like sea lilies, you need to keep the tank active and keep it filled with fish. Remove all of the fish in a week and then replace them with some plants. You can also turn the tank upside down and leave the bottom open. The more things there are, the less likely it is that the weeds will be able to get a foothold.
Before you begin removing seaweeds, remember that you need to remove all of the sand from the gravel from the sand. You don’t want any weeds growing back from that section. Plus, if you were to destroy the sand, the weeds will be even more entrenched.
Lastly, keep in mind that seaweeds are actually quite difficult to remove from a tank. To begin with, they grow in dense colonies that will take lots of time to remove. For those who aren’t skilled at removing weeds, start from the top of the tank, and slowly work downwards until you get to the roots.
Remember that seaweeds are harder to remove than weeds from the wild so you have to be a bit creative to avoid damaging the environment. If you think you can handle it, this method can help you with seaweeds.