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Old 01-31-2007, 02:06 PM   #1
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Hair algae

What would be a good addition to my tank that would help get my hair algae under control?
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Old 01-31-2007, 02:18 PM   #2
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lots of hermit crabs and snails
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lots of hermit crabs and snails
These can help, but they are only a band aid solution and you will continue to have the same problem.
What/how often/how much are you feeding?
How long is your lighting cycle?
What are your water parameters?
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I only feed a small amount of frozen every other day.
Lights are on about 8 hours a day.

Amonia 0
Nitrites 0
Nitrates 10
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I have noticed my pincushion urchin eats hair algae and the coraline off the rock.
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cutting back on feedings, adding proper clean up crew such as snails (Astreas, my advice), scarlet crabs and maybe a spiny urchin. Most folks let their clean up crew deplinish so much that none of the excessive waste is being consumed and left to essentially rot. Your nitrates are not off the chart but 10ppm is enough to keep algea well fed.

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I have a few blue leg hermits, 3 small turbos and a pencil urchin.
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I have to agree with scott that adding animals to eat the algea is only a band aid solution that only covers up the problem instead of taking care of the problem. Here are some links on algea to check out if you have everything covered.

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http://www.fantasyreef.com/showthread.php?t=478
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All good info. A good starting place is to evaluate your feeding style and test for PO4 in your tank and source water.
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Use ro/di water, a good skimmer, and a fuge. All will help remove the nutients are are feeding the algae. I'm going through a hair algae battle on my new (5 months) 125 gallon tank. Not unexpected. The algae has started to slowly diminish, I've just got to wait it out. If you want a fish to eat the stuff, get a foxface if your tank is big enough. I got one a week ago, not to eat the algae, but because I like the look of them. Well, he's mowing down the algae, so that's a good side benefit. I'm still doing my best to make sure the algae doesn't have the nutriants to grow.
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