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Has algae taken over your water body and
struggling to find a solution? Look no further!

Aquatic Algae Control

Aquatic Technologies has the right solution for you. We specialise in algae identification, quick solutions,
long-term treatments and management; each tailored to suit your specific needs.

Algaecide Algae Control

Don't own a sprayer? No worries!
Our expert team can come to you to apply our aquatic algaecide Coptrol.

Ultrasonic Algae Control

We set up and install our Ultrasonic devices so you don't have to! We also offer a brief training program to get you familiar with how to operate the device so you can become your own master of algae control!

Physical Algae Control

We offer commercial grade algae removal with our amphibious harvester: Mobitrac

 

Suppressants and Other Treatements

Suppress algal growth as well as improve the appearance of your water body with an Aquatic Blue treatment. Reduce nutrient loads and prevent the likelihood of algal blooms by letting our team apply a Phoslock treatment to your water body to give you long-lasting results!

Classify Your Algae Type

In freshwater, there are two main types of algae commonly encountered. These can be broadly categorised as Macroalgae and Microalgae.

Macroalgae (Filamentous Algae)

Filamentous algae is green in appearance and sometimes brownish in colour if exposed to strong sunlight. It appears floating on the water’s surface, amongst submerged rocks or in the shallows of dams and lake edges and is stringy.

Microalgae (Green Algae, Bluegreen Algae)

Microalgae is a much broader group of algae. It can vary from flecks through the water column, to the water turning entirely green, to what looks like oil slick or paint across the surface. It is important to know the difference between green and bluegreen algae as bluegreen can be toxic.

What are Algae? Bacteria or Plant?

Algae (singular: 'alga') are often described as plant-like organisms that contain chlorophyll and various other colouring pigments. This combination allows algae to trap light from the sun, which it uses to produce its own food. That's right - algae also use photosynthesis, just like regular plants.

Algae can exist as both single-celled and mulitcellular organisms. Occurring in freshwater, saltwater and on the surfaces of soil and rocks, that signature 'slimy' feel of algae, whether you find it, is caused by pectin and cellulose that make up its structure.

Did You Know?

Most seaweeds are actually algae and some types of giant kelp seaweed actually form structures that service an entire ecosystem!

Other Types of Algae

Although often referring to aquatic plants, the term ‘algae’ is today broadly used to describe a number of different organism groups. To be exact, there are seven divided groups or organisms that count as algae.

  1. Euglenophyta (Euglenoids)
  2. Chrysophyta (Golden-brown algae and Diatoms)
  3. Pyrrophyta (Fire algae)
  4. Chlorophyta (Green algae)
  5. Rhodophyta (Red algae)
  6. Paeophyta (Brown Algae)
  7. Xanthophyta (yellow-green algae)

Many types of algae appear green because of their concentrations and pigments of chlorophyll.

Sunlight and Algae

Using a process called ‘autotrophic growth’, algae use the sun’s energy to photosynthesise. This process creates what’s known as ‘biomass’, allowing algae to expand its size and grow indefinitely. 

Some types of algae can grow in the dark - this is called ‘heterotrophic growth’. They do this with the help of sugar or starch.

Reproduction

Algae can reproduce in a number of different ways: asexually, sexually and by vegetative methods.

Asexual reproduction involves the creation of a motile spore, while simple vegetative reproduction happens when cells divide through mitosis. The latter is how algae can create colonies of identical offspring. Finally, sexual reproduction in algae happens through the union of gametes - these are created by each parent individually through what’s known as ‘meiosis’.

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