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Old 06-18-2012, 05:10 AM   #1
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Hair algae

Just finished cycling. I have noticed and increase in hair algae. I haven't been "feeding" the tank, my nitrites=0, nitrates=0, ammonia=0, ph=8.2. How can I stop this? I'm just afraid of the problem running away from itself.
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:03 PM   #2
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Phosphates are your problem I bet. Its part of a new tank too. Everybody gets it. Just stay on track with water changes. Running some gfo would help. How long are your lights on?
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Also natural sunlight will increase growth.
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:31 PM   #4
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Not saying this is a fix all to your problem. Normally you would need to get to the root of the issue first. But emerald crabs love to dine on some hairline algae.
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Today I put a yellow Tang 3 turbo snails and 3 hermit crabs. They had it cleaned up in a few hours. The tang started eating after about 10 minutes and didn't stop all day! Definitely going to look into the cause. I don't have a phosphate test today but suspect the carbon I got in bulk from the lfs may be bad. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!
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Today I put a yellow Tang 3 turbo snails and 3 hermit crabs. They had it cleaned up in a few hours. The tang started eating after about 10 minutes and didn't stop all day! Definitely going to look into the cause. I don't have a phosphate test today but suspect the carbon I got in bulk from the lfs may be bad. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!
Slow down. What size tank is this?

Carbon will not cause an algae problem. Algae is caused by light and nutrients (nitrate and phosphate). Adding things to eat it doesnt do much when you consider the fish eats it and poos it right back out into nutrients that feeds more algae. You have to break the cycle by removing the source.

More info on your setup would help a lot. Also algae in a new tank is normal. If its excessive growth then its a problem.
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Carbon can leach phosphates if not rinsed or soaked well; especially if it's low grade.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:23 PM   #8
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Slow down. What size tank is this?

Carbon will not cause an algae problem. Algae is caused by light and nutrients (nitrate and phosphate). Adding things to eat it doesnt do much when you consider the fish eats it and poos it right back out into nutrients that feeds more algae. You have to break the cycle by removing the source.

More info on your setup would help a lot. Also algae in a new tank is normal. If its excessive growth then its a problem.
It's fine to add that. Inverts are almost 0 bioload. More info would be helpful though.
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It's fine to add that. Inverts are almost 0 bioload. More info would be helpful though.
Never said it wasnt ok, im more concerned about the tang. Adding things to fix a problem will never work.

Oh and about the carbon i was assuming its used properly. Low grade carbon is exactly that so why buy it to begin with.
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