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How to get rid of algae with willow twigs

Good day, friends, with you still Andrei Selitsky and I have new material for you. If you remember, last time I wrote about the aquarium plant spiral vallisneria, and now I want to tell you how you can get rid of various algae in one simple way, which I tried personally several times in my aquarium. What is it?

Yes, actually nothing, go to some water, break some not thick twigs of a weeping willow and carry it home to your aquarium. Do not believe?

Now tell you what and how!

I found this rather original way to get rid of any algae on the aquarium forum, unfortunately I don’t remember its address, but not the point. Somehow, I ran into the problem of starting my bank to attack all sorts of algae.

At first, these were small foci, which in principle did not spoil the picture. But over time, the situation began to change for the worse.

Algae became more, and, moreover, still different, including the black beard. I will write about it next time, subscribe to the newsletter of my blog so as not to miss this material.

Well, the essence of the method is very elementary – take a plant and place it in your aquarium. Only here there is one trick – the plant must intensively absorb all the nutrients from the aquarium water.

Florida aquarists use mangrove roots. But since we cannot meet those, we will have to be content with what we have. Due to the lack of mangroves, in our latitudes the best option are various breeds of narrow-leaved willows.

Prefer rakite, or fragile willow. According to the scientific name it sounds like this: Salix Fragilis L. It is this species of willow that can be found on the banks of numerous rivers, lakes and ponds.

You can take other breeds of narrow-leaved willows, they will also fit, but I will write about this one, since I have already checked it and I am satisfied.

Also for this purpose suitable balsamic poplar. If you do not know what it is, remember how much fluff flies through the streets at the end of May 🙂 He at least organizes water roots quickly – any willow will start to bite his elbows with envy 🙂 And so, what should we do?)

Go to any pond where willows grow, choose the desired tree and cut off from it several branches with a small number of leaves on it (a dozen, the other – no more). Young trees are clearly not suitable for one simple reason: they quickly dissolve the leaves and root out, or they may not even have time, and that’s all.

Choose old curves branches from the lower areas of the crown of a tree that grow straight from the trunk, naturally alive :). This selected shoot will live long enough and will create good water roots – small and well branched.

So, choose a branch, now before you put it in the aquarium, cut the bottom part and make the length of the branch in proportion to the height of your can. That part of the branch, which will be in the water from the leaves is better to clear, since they still then rot. The branch is installed directly on the aquarium soil.

At the same time and remove the upper processes on the branch, you thus facilitate the adaptation of the branches to the water. At the end of the branch, make a small cut and remove the bark from it.

It will also help to better adapt the willow to the water. Even if you have selected several branches, you do not need to push them all into the aquarium, one is enough for aquariums of any size.

In rare cases, you can stick a couple of branches, but only in different corners of the can.

The established willow branch will gradually release the water roots. The duration of this period will depend on the time of year when you cut the branch.

If you did this in winter, the leaves will first bloom, but then the roots will begin to grow. If business happens in summer or spring, then a branch with leaves will take roots in a few days.

In the autumn, most likely, the twig first resets the old foliage and will withstand a bit of time.

Water willow roots differ from ordinary ones – they are significantly thicker and have a reddish tint, unlike whitish underground roots. A cut branch can also take root and underground, but only in those cases when you stick a sprig into the ground.

What effect does a branch have on aquatic plants and algae?

The first to feel the impact of a willow branch are floating green algae, or “blooming water” as the common people. As if by magic, the water will be cleansed of them within two, maximum of three days as soon as the willow leaves roots in the water.

This quick reaction of algae to willow spawned an opinion that the willow branch contains phytocides that kill the algae. And not just like that, because in willow a large number of tannins and other active biological substances that give the willow medicinal properties.

But perhaps this is not at all the case, but the fact remains undoubted that the death of algae comes after the branch takes root.

Willow in aquarium

I think everything is much simpler and more prosaic: simply, the willow, like all sorts of mangroves, begins to quickly absorb and draw nutrients from the aquarium water, as a result, the algae sit and go hungry. And then there are aquatic plants (higher) that do not allow them to eat normally. A very sharp decrease in nitrates in aquarium water occurred immediately after the willow branch released roots.

Together with nitrates, all the nutrients disappeared somewhere. But this can be noticed if you continue the experience.

After the death of algae, higher plants will begin to die, only not so quickly as their smaller simple ones to gather, but rather long and rather painfully. I was a little delayed with the experiment and the Wendt cryptocoryn became unusable.

I dumped almost all the leaves and I was thinking of throwing it away, however, I lost it after removing a branch from the aquarium.

It was like this: I went to the lake and otchikal a couple of willow branches. He brought home, as it was winter, there was no foliage on the branches.

I washed the branch under running water, made an incision at the end and adjusted the length of the branch to the height of my aquarium. I have a 300-liter can, height 60 cm. It is clear that part of the branch still stuck out of the aquarium, so that it did not rest on the cover glass, I removed some of it (I have two parts) and put a lamp on top.

I put the branches in two different angles of the aquarium near the back wall so as not to spoil the whole design of the aquarium. And then I began to wait.

A few days later the branch threw out the buds and the leaves climbed out. I just want to warn you.

Do not change the water in the aquarium during the experiment. In this way, you will add additional nutrients to the aquarium, which the algae will immediately absorb.

The only thing that I did with the aquarium during the experiment was to mechanically remove any nastiness and clean the glass with a scraper from fouling.

Somewhere in a week after the release of a branch of roots, the thread disappeared, another week later other green algae disappeared, even the “black beard” did not beat Dwarf Anubias. The whole experiment took me a month for the first time, the second time a little longer — one and a half. And since the last time, except for the beard, nothing more bothered, but a year and a half has passed.

If you see that various algae are terrorizing your bank, take your feet in your hands, rush to the bank of the river or lake for willow branches and go ahead, for orders. Nothing terrible will happen, yes, some plants will slow down their growth, but then they will go away.

This is better than the constant struggle with the green parasites that spoil the aesthetics of your aquarium.

Well, on this I probably have everything. I think the post will be useful and interesting for you.

Apply this method of dealing with algae in practice and all you must succeed. Until new meetings and all the best.

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