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Old 05-31-2004, 06:34 PM   #1
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I have been having the problem with the hair algae for about 2-3 weeks I have lots of snails and red leg hermits in there and it is still not solving the problem. I do a 20% water change every two weeks for my tank. I just did a water change about 2 days ago and it all came back the next day I want to take care of it before it over runs my tank. Any help will be appreciated. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The biggest problem will be PO4. It is the greatest contributor to unwanted algae growth. I would suggest getting the PO4 tested to determine the level in your tank. If you are not using a sufficiently pure water source like RO, I would also get the source water tested.

The algae will continue to plague your tank as long as the fuel source (PO4) continues to be introduced. No amount of animals will get rid of it, they will just help control it some.

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Old 05-31-2004, 10:04 PM   #3
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I had the same problem and I solved it just how steve-s said. First I switch to RO/DI water along with so big water changes. I then Added some turbos and blue leg hermits(I think that eat algae more then the red) I then used a PO4 extractor. I think it was call phosban or something like that. My algae went away pretty fast. Good luck that stuff is a pain
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Give us some more info about your tank. Whats your source of water? How much light do you have over the tank? Does your tank get any sunlight?
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Old 06-03-2004, 08:33 PM   #5
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Hello fishfreak, reelalure is my dad, I solved the problem I bought a phosphate pad and my little empreror could only fit half a pad so I cutt in half and still have another whole pad for the future and it came with some little powder additive. I don't know if your familiar with these but you put the first one in for 24 hours then replace it with the new pad for 48 hours and I just put the second pad in and half of the algea is gone. thanks for the replys. I am getting ready to order a phosphate test kit because neither of LFS carry them for some reason so you got any suggestions on which one?
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Turbo snails, bluelegged hermit crabs and a lawnmower blennie really helps once you get the po under control, proper cleaning crews do wonders for your tank.
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Old 10-27-2004, 05:31 PM   #7
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You also need to cut the feedings. Feed your fish every other day. When I cut back on mine from every day to every other day it did not take long for the hair algea to go. I have since fed my fish every other day for years and have not seen hair algea since. Keep the extra organics out. That is what feeds the algea. The PO4 and lights do too. Good Luck
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I hear that low water flow also contributes to the problem.
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This could be true but the main problem is that algea has to feed on something. You have to get the organics out of the water. Try putting some macro algea like Calerpa in tank as this will use up a lot of organic material in tank causing hair algea to disapear. I speak from experience on this subject. Good luck
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Algea was a HUGE problem for me! It all exploded when I upgraded my lighting from compacts to VHO's. The root cause of the problem was phosphate. After going to a couple LFS and getting some good advice I started to treat the problem. Yeah I tried the inexpensive way and tried pads in my filter and tried the phosphate sponge, but what really worked was a product(chemical) called Phosbuster through Caribsea. This worked wonders - I am still shocked. Virtually eliminated all algea in the tank within a week and a half. I could start seeing progress as early as day after putting it in the tank. The product costs about $20.00. from a LFS or you can order it online

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