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Old 12-06-2006, 08:03 AM   #1
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hair algae advice what else can i do ?

sorry i know there is already heaps of threads about this but i have tried doing what i've already read and haven't had much improvement

i have hair algae so far i've cut my lights down to around 8 hours and have been feeding less every other day or 3rd day and have been trying to squeeze the liquid out of the frozen food as this stuff makes it worse yes ?

so i've been doing this for a few weeks now i used to scrub it all off the rocks but i read that it's bad to do that so i left it and it still hasn't gone does it usually take longer than this to kill it off is there anything else i should be doing ?

and also does adding a calcium sup promote the growth of this stuff ? i didn't think it would but i thought i'd ask anyway because i usually add this every week but i haven't been the last few just incase

also water tests are just as they should be all levels at 0 ph is 8.1
and i do weekly pwc's
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What about your top off and PWC water. Have you checked the water you are puting in your tank. What type water are you using? I would also think about cutting your lights down some more temporarily.Here is some more info

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i use natural see water i will test it and find out and i don't have a top off
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But you do FW top off for the water that is evaporated right? What kind of water is that.
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Top off water is FW for when the water in your tank evaporates. This is usually tap or distilled water (remember, water evaporates but the salt doesn't, or at least not nearly as quickly as the water).
I agree with mel, you can probably reduce the lighting to 4 hours.
Can you update "my info" with your tank size/equipment and critters?
How old are your light bulbs?
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Old 12-06-2006, 08:20 PM   #6
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i don't add any extra water it doesn't evaporate at all i do them weekly
just do the pwc and that's it until next week

i will try and do my tank details when i get a chance sorry i have been meaning to just haven't got there yet
also i probably couldn't say how old the tubes are exactly i guess that's why i should have a log book

and would turning my lights down to four hours hurt corals and the anenome at all ?
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You mentioned that you had "cut your lights down to 8 hrs". That was probably one reason it was a little out of control. I normally have mine on for about 8 hrs. Try cutting back one hour at turn on time and one hour at turn off time. This probably won't really shock anything but will help cut back on the hair algae until you can get it under control.

I'd check your source water for phosphates.

How old are your lights? If they are over a year old, this will fuel hair algae, too.

It'll take some time, but if you do what the people on this thread say, you will have less algae after a few months. It took me 4 months to get rid of a hair algae spread I had one year.
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I would double check your salinity. If you are only replenishing with sea water, the little bit of FW that does evaporate will effect the salinity. This may take some time, but I would watch it.

PS, this doesn't have anything to do with yor algae, but I would check for nitrAtes/phosphates from your sea water...
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i will test the water but i'm pretty sure that at the lfs he tests it every now and again anyway when he collects it
i'll check anyway
also lights are old i know that but i'm not buying new tubes as i'm going to get a MH soon hopefully
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Older light tend to shift or fade, the spectrum changes and that can definitely result in an algae outbreak.
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