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Old 12-18-2012, 11:52 PM   #1
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Green hair algae

I have a 30 gal reef tank 2 t5 24 watt 1 18 watt pl bulb I have turbo snails and hermit crabs but nothing seems to b touching this hair algae what fish could I put in my tank that would b happy in a 30 gal I would love a y tang but to small so what else any help would b great
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:00 AM   #2
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A Pencil urchins will help. But check your phosphates probably high. Are you using RO/DI or tap water?
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:18 AM   #3
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Yes I'm using Ro and I will look up that urchin
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:07 PM   #4
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Purchase a phosphate reactor and I would consider looking at what kind of filtration system you have running below
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:32 PM   #5
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You have excess nutrients in the water if you have hair algae. You might need to cut back on feedings, might need to cut light schedule back too and do extra pwcs. That being said, an algae blenny would help to get it under control.
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:50 PM   #6
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How long has the tank been up and running?
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:20 PM   #7
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If its an RO unit i would add a DI. RO doesnt pull a lot of water DI does most of it
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:15 AM   #8
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Thanks for all your feed back I've just brought some carbon reacting granules and some filter bags and I've put them in my filter at the top I hope this it's in a good place didn't know weather to put it in the middle of my filter sponges hopefully it does the trick
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:52 AM   #9
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How long has the tank been running. Most tanks have to go through a nuisance algae phase at some point. Mine came after 7 months. I went through a red slime algae phase for 4 weeks and then went to green hair algae for another 2 weeks and now that its gone, the coraline algae is starting to flourish.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:16 AM   #10
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Yes you could be right it's only been 5 months and I already have beautiful Colours of coralline algae but its being other run by green hair like you said it's just going through the motions
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