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Old 01-30-2003, 06:58 PM   #1
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Hair algae battle

For several months now I've been battling hair algae. I just don't know how to get rid of it. My corals are growing great, everyone is happy (even the hair algae).

Does anyone know of an efficient way of controlling this? I have my water tested often at the LFS and everything always comes out OK.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Ive heard lettuce nudibranches are great at grazing on hair algae, however I have never had personally experience. I think emerald crabs eat it too. not sure though.
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Old 01-31-2003, 11:16 AM   #3
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I just bought 8 ottos to help combat this and they seem to be slowly reducing it.
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Old 01-31-2003, 06:52 PM   #4
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I, too, have a great respect for the abilities of Otocinclus cats for eating hair algae, they cleared up a problem in my wife's FW planted aquarium...years ago.

Freshmaker, tell us more about your system...
Size
inhabitants
filtration
auxillary equip
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feedings (how often and what)
any other info you can think of.

It isn't that surprizing that your levels arew testing out fine. The algae is using up the nutrients.
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It's a 40 Gal SW with about 60lbs of LR. 2-3 inch crush coral bed. Both soft and stony corals, small clown and a small damsel, 2 shrimp, 2 sand sifter star fish, and a number of crabs (can't really count them). I do a 5gal water change about once every two weeks. I'm running 2 PC (192W total), penguin bio-wheel without the weels or the carbon filters (used mostly for water movement) and a lee's protein skimmer.
I feed frozen brine shrimp about once a week. I just use one small cube at a time. I hand feed most all the corals and my fish.

I really hope someone has a solution out there.
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2-3 inch crush coral bed.
Is that sand or a larger grain crushed coral?

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I would recommend a larger/better skimmer

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Frozen brine is packed with PO4

Do you use RO/DI water?
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I would recommend a larger/better skimmer
I agree, a skimmer will help alot.
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i have a different opinon, lighting to much blue. the only facts i have are my 30 gal had this same problem. i got rid of my marine glow 20,000k bulb, and replaced it with a 10,000 k white. in two weeks you could see the change. in 1 month 75% of it was gone.2months all gone. unfortionatly my blenny died of starvation. some is needed. my exper in 12yrs tells me to much blue will bite you in end. if you have 03 lights or other ones take them off for awhile. 2 weeks and see if there is a change. 8)
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Thanks for the advice. I am currently running a 7100k blue and a 6700k white. I'll dump the 6700 white and pick up a 10,000k white. Would you suggest getting rid of the 7100k blue and going with more of a 50/50 or stick with the blue?
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I would warn against getting rid of too much of your blue light. Bacteria like cyano (aka red slime algae)doesnt grow well in a tank with a good blue spectrum. I'm not saying you would for sure have a slime prob if you removed the lights, but it would increase the chance.
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