Algae are photosynthetic organisms that use chlorophyll and sunlight to produce food. Blue-green algae has been touted as a superfood, providing essential nutrients in the human diet. Algae may provide benefits in aquaponics too, however, algae overgrowth steals nutrients from your plants and disturbs pH levels creating diurnal pH swings. Too much algae also has the potential to negatively affect oxygen levels depending on the type of algae growing in your system. Depleted oxygen levels, which is the result of algae die-off, harms aerobic organisms such as fish and plants and can lead to a complete breakdown in the growing cycle. Learn to recognize types of algae growth and how to prevent excessive unhealthy levels of algae in your aquaponics system.
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