Phylum Chlorophyta Botryococcus Colonial Chlorophyte: planktonic, sometimes bloom-forming. Colony is very dense, making cells hard to see; contains yellow oil droplets which can be squeezed out under a coverslip Haematococcus This alga is characteristic of shallow water which dries out regularly, such as bird-baths, which it stains a blood-red colour. Haematococcus is a chlorophyte, though […]
Phylum Chlorophyta; sub-phylum Chlorophyceae; Order Zygnematales; Family Zygnemataceae Spirogyra species are unbranched filamentous green algae. The cell wall is characteristically straight and parallel-sided (compare with Oedogonium, Microspora or Stigeoclonium , which sometimes have bulbous cells). They have a single chloroplast in the form of a spiral ribbon which usually almost fills the length of the […]
Phylum Chlorophyta; sub-phylum Chlorophyceae; Order Ulotrichales; Family Microsporaceae Microspora species are unbranched filamentous green algae. There is a single dense net-like chloroplast, usually filling the cell, no pyrenoid. The cells are frequently rather bulbous or barrel-shaped, but the chief diagnostic character is the presence of H-shaped wall sections (only Tribonema shares this characteristic), which can […]
Controlling algae is one of the most challenging parts of maintaining a garden pond. Plenty of pond owners try to avoid algaecides because these products can disrupt the pond ecosystem and cause death under valuable fish species. Instead, they try to focus on natural remedies like pond algae eaters.
In this guide, we are going to take a quick look at the best algae-eating fish species to help you keep algae under control.
Algae in a pond aren’t all bad. The bacterial growths are helpful for oxygenating the water, it acts as a natural habitat for insects and lots of aquatic insects and fish species feed on algae.
Algae is something that most people look onto with disgust because those slippery green growths can make ponds look all dirty and they can be hard to remove.