Keeping Your Water Healthy
When To Treat Water With Diatomix
How Often to Use Diatomix
What are Blue-Green Algae and Cyanobacteria?
Cyanobacteria and Blue-Green Algae are two names for the same group of organisms. They are bacteria that have the capability to use photosynthesis as a source of energy, just like algae do. Their cell structure is more like bacteria than like plants, and this is why they are classified with the word bacteria in their name. They grow in all types of water from fresh to sea water, with many growing in slightly salty water (brackish) as well.
What are the Differences between Blue-Green Algae and Diatoms?
There are many more species of toxic cyanobacteria that cause problems than algae, and only a few species of toxic algae. With diatom algae, only one species, Pseudo-nitzschia australis, has been found to cause toxic blooms.
When cyanobacteria die, the cells float to the surface and begin to decompose. The bacteria that decompose the dead algae use up the oxygen and the floating dead cells prevent oxygen exchange at the surface, and this all adds up to the conditions where the levels of dissolved oxygen can go dangerously low and this is when fish kills occur.
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