10 Best Aquarium Plants To Prevent Algae

Updated on: June 2021

Best Aquarium Plants To Prevent Algae in 2021


Water Hyacinth Eichornia crassipes - Floating Live Pond Plant - Lot of 3

Water Hyacinth Eichornia crassipes - Floating Live Pond Plant - Lot of 3
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021

Pond Oxygenating Hornwort Bunch Plants

Pond Oxygenating Hornwort Bunch Plants
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • IMPORTANT: Please note that during times of extreme weather, live plants will suffer due to extreme temperatures. During winter, do not order live plants when temperatures are expected to go below 20F at the lowest point during the day. During summer, avoid ordering plants when temperatures are above 100F.
  • This natural pond plant improves water quality by oxygenating and removing excess nutrients from pond water. Helps neutralize algae. Please be mindful that aquatic plants will always carry a risk of snails so do not order if they are a concern
  • Can be untied and left to float or can be placed at the bottom of the pond with the attached lead strip. Small fish and invertebrates can hide in its foliage from predators
  • Resilient to cold weather and very easy to grow. Please keep in mind Hornwort plants DO NOT root. Instead, they absorb nutrients through its stems unlike most aquatic plants.
  • One bunch per square foot of pond area is recommended. Grown and shipped directly from our California Nursery. SHIPS ONLY THROUGH USPS. DO NOT EXPECT THEM TO BE DROPPED BY UPS AT THE DOOR. PLEASE CHECK YOUR MAILBOX.

Tetra Algae Control 3.38 Ounces, Broad Spectrum aquarium Algae Control (77184)

Tetra Algae Control 3.38 Ounces, Broad Spectrum aquarium Algae Control (77184)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • age_range_description: All ages
  • Item Package Height: 4.75
  • Item Package Length: 1.25
  • Item Package Width: 2.25

Tetra No More Algae Tablets 8 Count, Controls Algae In aquariums

Tetra No More Algae Tablets 8 Count, Controls Algae In aquariums
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • CONTROLS ALGAE GROWTH Removes existing algae from aquarium water and controls the formation of new algae in your tank
  • CLEAR WATER Leaves aquarium water clean and crystal clear
  • CONVENIENT Each fizz tab is ready to use
  • USAGE For regular maintenance use once a month or as algae growth starts to appear

capetsma Aquascape Tools, Long Stainless Steel Aquarium Plant Tools Aquarium Tweezers Scissors Spatula Tool Set Bonsai Kit Algae Scrapers Aquarium Cleaning Kit for Fish Tank Starter kit

capetsma Aquascape Tools, Long Stainless Steel Aquarium Plant Tools Aquarium Tweezers Scissors Spatula Tool Set Bonsai Kit Algae Scrapers Aquarium Cleaning Kit for Fish Tank Starter kit
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • 5 in 1 Aquascaping tools - 10.6" Straight Tweezer, 10.6" Curved Tweezer, 9.8" Aquatic Curved Scissor / bonsai scissors, 13" Substrate Spatula, 100 strips PH Tester 1-14, Comes with a decent velvet pouch, for you to package well when not in use.
  • Premium Quality and Minimizing interference - Forged stainless steel with excellent flexibility and rustproof material, specially designed Anti-slip clip end, instead of putting your hands into water , These Aquarium Plant Tools can prevent accidental injuries?to your aquatic plants and bring debris all over the aquarium?;
  • Must-have Aquarium Starter Kit - It works wonderful for precision pruning, rearranging, maintaining, cleaning, trimming, grooming aquatic plants, does not disturb the rest of the decor/plants, or accurately spot feeding without unnecessarily contaminating water or getting soaked.
  • Multi-function - Great for taking care of all types of aquarium plants, clean fish tank substrate and aquarium gravel. Also, it can be used as Algae Scrapers and Bonsai tools, helps maintain a clean fish tank and beautiful yard.
  • Your satisfaction is our lifetime goal. We are committed to providing you with the most satisfactory products. The package includes 5 aquascape tools with 80 strips PH Tester. If you discover some parts missing when you receive it,contact us,we promise to resend it.

MingDak LED Aquarium Fish Tank Light Fixture,Full Spectrum Lighting for Freshwater Planted Aquariums,Slim & Thin Aluminum Housing,Extendable Brackets Fit 18" to 24" Fish Tank

MingDak LED Aquarium Fish Tank Light Fixture,Full Spectrum Lighting for Freshwater Planted Aquariums,Slim & Thin Aluminum Housing,Extendable Brackets Fit 18
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • FULL SPECTRUM: 6500K natural light the combination of white, blue and red LEDs provide the correct spectral output for freshwater planted aquariums
  • TWO LIGHT MODES: Daylight create a shimmering light that mimics the natural underwater effect of sunlight, night light allow for night time enjoyment of the aquarium.
  • ENERGY EFFICIENT: Consuming very little electricity, use 70% less energy than fluorescent lamps and maintains brightness & color over time
  • SLIM AND STURDY: the multi-chip SMD LED technology made it possible to create an incredibly powerful light with an slim and thin aluminum housing.
  • QUICK & EASY INSTALLATION: Adjustable sliding docking mounting legs offer flexibility in tank sizes and can expand from 18 inches to 24 inches

API POND ALGAEFIX Algae Control Solution 16-Ounce Bottle

API POND ALGAEFIX Algae Control Solution 16-Ounce Bottle
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • Contains one (1) API POND ALGAEFIX Algae Control Solution 16-Ounce Bottle
  • Effectively eliminates green water algae, string and hair algae, blanketweed algae and others
  • Controls green water to keep pond water clean and clear in ornamental ponds and water gardens
  • Use as directed to keep water safe for fish, pond plants, surrounding wildlife and pets
  • Dose every three days until algae is controlled and then treat weekly

API ALGAEFIX Algae Control 1.25-Ounce Bottle

API ALGAEFIX Algae Control 1.25-Ounce Bottle
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
  • Contains one (1) API ALGAEFIX Algae Control 1.25-Ounce Bottle
  • Controls algae growth and keeps aquarium glass, ornaments and plants clean
  • Fast-acting and effective on "green water" algae blooms, string or hair algae
  • Will not harm fish and plants when used as directed
  • Dose every three days until algae is under control then dose weekly

API TAP WATER CONDITIONER Aquarium Water Conditioner 16-Ounce Bottle, White (52C)

API TAP WATER CONDITIONER Aquarium Water Conditioner 16-Ounce Bottle, White (52C)
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
  • Contains one (1) API TAP WATER CONDITIONER Aquarium Water Conditioner 16-Ounce Bottle
  • Neutralizes chlorine, chloramines and other chemicals to make tap water safe for fish
  • Prevents tap water chemicals from causing gill destruction, tissue irritation and fish death
  • Super strength, high concentration formula
  • Use when adding or changing water and when adding new fish to freshwater and saltwater aquariums

Jeeco Aquarium Scissor Tweezers Spatula Tool - 4 in 1 Stainless Steel Aquatic Plants Aquascaping Tools Set for Fish Starter Kits & Aquariums Tank

Jeeco Aquarium Scissor Tweezers Spatula Tool - 4 in 1 Stainless Steel Aquatic Plants Aquascaping Tools Set for Fish Starter Kits & Aquariums Tank
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • 4 in 1 Aquascaping tools - Straight Tweezer, Curved Tweezer, Aquatic Curved Scissor, Spatula. Comes with a decent velvet pouch, for you to package well when not in use.
  • Forged Stainless Steel Material - Made of durable stainless steel material with excellent flexibility and will never suffer rust. The ridged handle will provide secure, comfortable grips on your fingers.
  • Anti Slip Clips - Both the straight and curved tweezer has serrated tips to help grip stuff securely without ever slipping off. You can use these tweezers to feed and handle live food for larger aquatic pets or corals.
  • Safe & Minimizing interference - Specially designed delicate clip end, no harm to your small or thin water plants, minimum water disturbance rather than use hand directly, helps prevent accidental injuries to your reptile's mouth.
  • Versatile - Great for all types of aquarium plants, fish tank substrate, gravel and other Aquarium decorations. The key benefit is that it allows precision plant trimming and maintenance that does not disturb the rest of the decor/plants.

Barley Straw: An Affordable Eco-Friendly Alternative for Garden Pond Maintenance

This article will look at why barley straw is an optimal choice for your garden pond, and the best way to use it for maximum effectiveness towards algae control.

Barley Straw vs. Chemical Herbicides

Pond algae have a tendency to grow at an alarming rate which makes it difficult to control. The number of algae species is enormous and most are effectively controlled through chemical treatments. The unfortunate side effect from chemical treatments is that they will also kill any other plant life in your pond. Further, once the chemical is gone from the water, the algae will appear again and will even worsen through the years. Barley straw will not harm any fish or plant life in your pond. It will actually increase the population of some species as it becomes a food source for many fish. Thus, natural solutions are not only safer, but a more effective option.

How Does Barley Straw Work?

Barley straw is placed in the water and byproducts are released from the straw to kill the algae. The temperature of the water is a critical aspect. The water needs to be more than 40 degrees in order for the straw to become active. Anything cooler than that will take the straw up to two weeks to become active. When placed in optimal temperature with sufficient oxygen and sunlight, the straw will decompose in the water and release a chemical compound that interferes with and prevents the growth of new algae cells. As the older cells die off, fewer new algae cells are produced and the algae population is controlled so long as the chemical compound is being produced.

How Much Straw to Use?

The volume of water in your pond is not as important as the surface area it holds. An average home garden pond will contain anywhere from 800 - 1200 gallons of water. This sized pond should only require an eight ounce bundle of straw first in the spring, and again in the beginning of summer. Excessive amounts should be avoided, particularly in extreme humid climates. Also the straw should be removed in climates where water freezing is a possibility. For ponds that average less than 800 gallons of water, a four ounce bale of hay is sufficient. In ponds that have a high mud content, more barley straw may be required as the byproducts it produces may be inactivated by the mud.

How to Apply Barley Straw

For the average garden pond, the straw should be loosely wrapped in netting so that water is allowed to flow through the container. For maximum effect, place the netting near a waterfall or stream if possible. As the straw decomposes, it will sink. A float such as a cork or small bottle can be attached to keep it partially out of the water. It is important that the straw receive continuous exposure to both oxygen and water as keeping it oxygenated will help it decompose and release its byproducts.

It is also critical to note that it should be added in early spring when the water is fairly low. The straw will take about a month or thirty days to become active. Once it is, the unique environment it creates will last for up to six months. A replacement bundle will be required before the first bundle completely decomposes. Two applications in one year are sufficient.

The chemicals the barley straw produces are naturally occurring and produced by natural decomposition with no ill effects on existing wildlife. Barley straw is further a very reasonably cost option. As a pond owner you may be reluctant to use manufactured chemicals in your pond to control algae as this may have to occur frequently during the growing season and can be very expensive. Barley straw provides you with an affordable and easy alternative.

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