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Old 09-21-2004, 09:19 PM   #1
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hair algae

how does hair algae appear all of a sudden after three years with no problems and no sign of phosphates? I havent added anything new for awhile, and it was kinda like it took over my tank in one nite.
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One night sounds kind of quick so there must be something feeding the algae bloom. Phosphates are tricky to test for because as they are produced they are quickly consumed by the algae, thus your test reads 0. Have you tested for nitrates or could your bulbs be due for a changing? Are you using tap water for topoffs/changes?
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i've been using a phosphate sponge lately, my nitrates are 5, i just did a 10 gallon water change, and the bulbs are a month old
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Old 09-21-2004, 09:54 PM   #4
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Something may have died in the tank...Or, maybe like me you had someone 'do you a favor' and feed the tank. My daughter decided one morning to feed one of my tanks..The fish looked hungry. Wouldn't have known if I had not asked..Wifes guilty of that a couple times too..
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i just did a 10 gallon water change
If you are sure there is nothing in the tank causing the algae bloom it has to be coming from the water. You didn't say if you are using tapwater.
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nope, work at a fish store, so i get RO for free. Could a dead snail have made such a mess?
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Maybe? I guess you don't have any hermits. They usually eat anything before it gets a chance to foul the tank.
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Could a dead snail have made such a mess?
Well within the realm of possibility. Large snails have a large body. They rot quickly. The algae bloom should burn itself out if everything else is good.
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i do have hermit crabs. I'm not worried about any of the algae except the hair algae, that stuff just seems to never go away.
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Do you have a DSB?
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