Algae is diverse
in nature and can grow and thrive everywhere in ideal conditions. When water is
somewhat stagnant, has a high temperature and high concentration of nutrients,
an algae problem will likely develop. Algae growth occurs in 3 forms;
planktonic, filamentous and macrophytic.
are microscopic, free-floating algae and appear to be “dye-like” in nature
whereas filamentous algae is sometimes referred to “thread” or “mat algae”,
occur as fine green threads that form floating mats and move around the water
body by wind. Macrophytic algae resemble true plants in that they appear to
have stems and leaves, examples being Chara and Nitella.