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Old 07-27-2009, 01:26 AM   #1
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Attack of the hair algae

Hello everyone!! I recently had a VERY bad outbreak of hair algae in my tank, but by cutting down on the timing of lights and adding Phos-Ban to take my Phosphates to 0 I have dramatically reduced the amount. Now I do use RO/DI water and I rinse my frozen food before feeding (1 frozen cube every other day for tang, 2 clowns, goby, and 2 cleaner shrimp...1/4 sheet of sea veggies every day for the tang). I do 10G water changes every 2 weeks. My water parameters are good (PH 8.4, Alk within limits, Nitrate/Nitrites 0, Ammonia 0, and phosphates are now at 0, salinity at 1.023) I still have small patches here and there but what troubles me most are the small patches on the sand. They seem to have lessened but not gone away. Should I use a sifter and try to get the patches out manually or just give it time to go away on it's own?
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If you can scoop it out easily go for it. Also I would think about adding some more "clean up crew". Snails will go a long way towards keeping the algae at bay.
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Remember that it didnt happen over nite and it`s not going to go away over nite. Remove as much as you can manually. It sounds like you`ve made some good strides.
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Old 07-27-2009, 04:48 PM   #4
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Cool, thanks for the advice everyone!
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Old 07-27-2009, 04:49 PM   #5
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I currently have 5 turbos, several margaritas, and some cerith snails. Think I should buy more turbos and cerith on my next pilgrimage to That Fish Place in August.
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Are they pretty big sized? I have 4 large zebra stripped turbos in my 72 and they do a really good job staying on top of the algae. I personally find that the little guys are good for gravel and such, but the bigger ones are really effective on glass, overflow, and LR.

Short answer is yes, I think you could def have more. Also you could look into something like a lawnmower blenny if you want to add another fish, or have room. They are champs at algae, and I think pretty cool looking fish to boot.
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Old 07-27-2009, 11:45 PM   #7
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I was thinking of a bi-color blennie on the next fish buying trip, I have read that they eat hair algae.
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turbos should plow right through it just trim it short with ur hands then the turbos will FEAST!
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I have 2 turbos..i mean really large! and like 10 smaller snails that do pretty good about algae, hiar algae does like high flow also
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I have 2 Mexican Turbo's in My 72 Bow. and about 25 Astera Snails... Also if you can try adding a Yellow Eyed Kole Tang He'll Polish off all your Hair Algae at least for me he does... JMO...
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