Goldfish aficionados are turning to green water because of the benefits shown to the natural ecosystem of their tanks. The green waters used by more serious goldfish keepers can intentionally affect the development and expansion of their fish. While it is a really good strategy it should be watched carefully so that an abundance of strong green algae is developed in the tank.
Effects of green water on your goldfish
For goldfish keepers trying to control the growth rate of their fish, one of the most powerful tools is green water. When the aquarium has large green water, the fish will be calmer and less active. This, in turn, sees the protein from their diet channeled into their cravings, which is what aids in the growth cycle. If goldfish keepers wish to control Wen’s growth or encourage other areas of growth, they simply have to thin out the algae and the fish will become more active again and the protein will then go toward a growth in body mass and size.
Warning signs to keep your eyes out
If the plan is to grow green algae in your tank, you should note that it will take time and trial and error to create the correct green water supply formula. The first problem may be that green algae can grow very quickly. This will make the tank too murky which will lead to behavioral defects in the fish. It is best to address algae overabundance by controlling the amount of light the tank receives. Tanks that are constantly exposed to light will soon grow algae filling up the entire tank. The recommended lighting as mentioned by the experts would be 8 to 12 hours per day for a green water tank. However, some hobbyists have found success by reducing lighting to 5 hours a day.
If your tank becomes overgrown with algae, you may have no alternative but to change the water. Experts recommend that this is only necessary when the tank becomes so cloudy that you can’t see the fish swimming in when looking from above. Because the speed at which algae reproduces is so exponential, 90% of the water change must be balanced. Despite the population increase, it is important to leave a minimum amount of algae to promote the necessary regrowth of organisms.
Apart from green algae, there are other forms of algae that can grow under the same type of conditions, but these are of no use to goldfish. The most common is blue-green algae, which is tricky because it’s not actually algae; It is a bacteria that appears as a blue slime coating all over your tank. It will grow on glass, gravel, rocks, or whatever plant life you have in the tank. The only way to rid your goldfish tank of these bacteria is a thorough cleaning and water change.
A good mix of green water and natural water is the best way to control and maintain the healthy growth of your goldfish. A higher concentration of algae will result in increased pile size and other visible changes in the fish. By lowering green algae into the water, the fish become more active and increase body length and mass. Remember that when using a green water tank, you should always monitor harmful species of algae growing and constantly control the tank light to regulate sudden spurts of algae growth.