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Red Slime Algae is an aggressive algae sometim= es found in saltwater aquariums. Red Slime Algae is not a "true" <= span class=3DGramE>algae, but is actually a type of bacteria. These microscopic organisms (cyanobacteria) thrive = in underwater environments where excess nutrients and poor water conditions = are present.

Red Slime Algae are reddish-brown in= color and first appear in your aquarium in small clumps or patches. If left untreated, the algae will spread and form a thick, slimy layer across you= r entire aquarium. To prevent nuisance Red Slime Algae from overtaking your aquari= um, routine maintenance is extremely important. Here are some simple steps you can take to reduce excess nutrients and organic debris, which play host to Red Slime Algae:

&= nbsp;           &nbs= p;        Regularly clean the substrate with a gravel vacuum. This will remove fish waste and any uneaten food. Take care not to = overfeed your fish and only feed them what they are able to consume within two minutes.

&= nbsp;           &nbs= p;        Make sur= e the aquarium has great water movement

&= nbsp;           &nbs= p;        Routinely replace filter media.

&= nbsp;           &nbs= p;        Maintain= the correct pH level. The pH should = be maintained between 8.1 and 8.4 in order to discourage aggressive nousance algae growth.

&= nbsp;           &nbs= p;        Suppleme= nt existing filtration with phosphate-removing filter media.

Red Slime Algae are an annoying addi= tion to your aquarium, and once present, a challenge to eliminate. The best wa= y to deal with Red Slime Algae is prevention. With a regular maintenance regim= en, you can help keep your aquarium beautiful and algae free.