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Name: Red Slime Algae

Pest Type: Algae

Scientific Name: Cyanobacteria

Treatment: use a siphon to clean substrate, do a water change, and replace or supplement your filter media

Identification: a reddish-brown, thick, slimy growth that can spread and cover every surface in the aquarium

Prevention: Replace aquarium bulbs regularly and keep phosphates and nitrates low in the tank through regular water changes, adequate water movement, and not overfeeding your fish