Green Hair Algae: Causes, Prevention, and Treatment

Green hair algae, scientifically known as Spirogyra, is a type of freshwater algae that exhibits long, thin, hair-like strands, giving it its name. Often bright green in color, it’s recognized for its dense, tangled growth, resembling a ‘green hair’ outbreak in your aquarium. This type of algae thrives in conditions with high nutrient levels, particularly nitrates and phosphates, and under intense lighting. Although not harmful to fish, unchecked growth of green hair algae can outcompete aquatic plants for nutrients and light, potentially damaging the plants and disrupting the overall balance of the aquarium ecosystem.

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Causes of Green Hair Algae Growth

Recognizing Green Hair Algae

Preventing Green Hair Algae

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Treating Green Hair Algae

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