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What is string algae?

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String algae refer to any algae resembling the form of a string in water versus floating in it. The term "string" does not reflect any scientific name but rather describes the general shape of the algae. Some examples include filamentous, blanket, hair weed and pond scum.

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What is string algae?
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String algae can grow and attach to many surfaces, including rocks, pond equipment and aquarium fixtures. It can enter a pond attached to plants. String algae can be removed manually from water systems with either chemicals or more natural methods. Barley is a natural plant that releases an enzyme that inhibits the growth of string algae but does not remove what already exists in the water.

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