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Help! There is algae growing in my water tank!

Author: Nory Oakes Reference Number: AA-00375 Views: 2658 Created: 12/30/2011 10:31 Last Updated: 12/30/2011 10:31 0 Rating/ Voters

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A number of things may affect algae growth, including light, water quality, water temperature, and the hygiene of the machine. 

  • We advise you also to be careful that your machine is not exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Stagnant waters due to oxygen depletion can accelerate algae. This is not the case with your EasyGreen, since the machine employs high rates of oxygenation and water agitation. 
  • Basic nutrients such N.P.K can cause algae to proliferate. Ocean Solution "Mineralizer" fertilizer contains high amounts of N.K.P. Since it may dry into salt or crystallize under some conditions, it may cause what is known as a mineral drop-out when dissolved. This creates an imbalance.  For example, we know that some varieties of spirulina like to grow in salty water. This is why we cannot recommend Ocean Solution fertilizer. If you have used it, you will need to clean the salt residue from the EasyGreen's impeller disc. Also, mineral water may contain traces of algae from the source. We do not recommend using it in your tank.  

Please perform a full clean up cycle of your EasyGreen (with no trays inside) using a bleach solution (sodium hypochlorite), one teaspoon in the water compartment, to be sure to kill any algae that could survive your cleanup. This is not the most eco-friendly solution, but then, you will be sure your water compartment is clean. Following that, grow a few sprout crops with good clean water with no additives. Set the timer to 8 activations per day. Resume using the "green" cleaning techniques we recommend if you don't wish to continue using bleach. 

When you are ready to fertilize, we recommend our new All-Natural Seaweed Extract Plant-Growth Elixir,  made from a special seaweed -- food-grade Laminaria Japonica -- that contains most, if not all, of the trace elements, macro- and micro-nutrients that the scientific community is now recognizing for their importance in the growing cycle of plants. Further, these natural elements are in a perfectly balanced, fully bio-available form ready to be absorbed by everything from sprouting greens to adult lettuces.


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