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When the aquaponics system is in the process of getting cycled, the population of algae often may go out of control resulting in an algae bloom.
Algae are common and natural in aquaponics system. In a balanced aquaponics system that is running smoothly, the algae population should be stabilized. When existing as a stable population, such as a very thin slime on the water surface or at the sides and bottom of the tank, algae is actually beneficial to the system as it is part of the ecology.
Dangers and Problems Caused by Algae Bloom
In the day: algae carry out photosynthesis, producing oxygen while consuming carbon dioxide and nutrients from the fish waste.
In the dark: Photosynthesis stops and the algae consume oxygen instead.
How do we combat the common algae problems?
Before you do anything crazy, follow best practices to prevent algae. These are easy and standard steps that you should be doing anyway!
To reduce algae, there are several preventative and active measures you can take.
Reference: university.upstartfarmers.com; diyaquaponicstips.com