How do I deal with algae in my Gravity Water System?

Graeme Updated by Graeme

Although uncommon, if algae is growing in your Gravity Water System, it can easily be remedied by following these steps:

  1. Clean the system with a 25% solution of white vinegar or a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide.
  2. Use a soft, new sponge to scrape the algae film off the affected components. Please refrain from utilizing a used kitchen sponge as this usually contains bacteria from food particles.
  3. Use a Q-tip to further remove any remaining algae in spots that are difficult to reach with a sponge.
  4. Thoroughly wash and dry, the cleaned system. Please note that some dish detergents contain phosphates that can encourage algae growth.
  5. Boil the Mineral Stones for between 2 - 5 minutes, then let air dry.
  6. Replace the 5-Stage/Fluoride Filter if affected, or if it is past its filter life.
Once there is clear algae growth in the Lower Tank you will need to replace the 5-Stage Filter/Fluoride Filter. If there is algae growth in the Upper Tank the Ceramic Pre-filter will also need to be replaced. Forgoing the replacement of the filters will lead to continued algae growth because there will still be algae alive inside of the filters.

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