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Old 04-02-2013, 02:57 PM   #1
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Hair algae help!!

I have a bloom of hair algae that's getting worse & worse! I've not got a clue why it's blooming so well!

Amm: 0
Nitrates: 5.0
Nitrites: 0
Phos: 0
Feeding every 3 days
Skimmer working good

What is wrong? Corals & fish look amazing! I know it will take time but how of I get rid of it?
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Old 04-02-2013, 03:05 PM   #2
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What kind of filtration???? And I would get a lawnmower blenny ASAP.
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Are you using tap water or RODI for your changes and top offs? What are your phosphates testing at?
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Phos readings can be tricky. Phos can test zero if all of it is being used for algae growth.

To reduce phos added to the system: use RO/DI water for top-offs and salt prep, rinse thawed frozen food twice, stay away from most flake foods.

You can also use a reactor and run PhosBan.

But you need to pull out rock and scrub off hair algae. Doing it in tank may cause it to spread.
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You can syphon out the hair algae when you water change if you are careful. Turn off the power heads and scrap the algae as you suction. +++ on the RODI water too. We had it ten times worse and the water changes made a huge difference. More frequent with RODI and suction as much out as you can. Good luck. PhosBan is good too.
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What kind of lighting fixture you use, its power and for how long?
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:50 PM   #7
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Are you using tap water or RODI for your changes and top offs? What are your phosphates testing at?
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:54 PM   #8
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What kind of filtration???? And I would get a lawnmower blenny ASAP.
Sump, skimmer, lr, chaeto

I've read it's a hit or miss fining something that will eat it! I've heard turbo snails, and emerald crabs are the favored ones I've seen but each one is different. Didn't know a lawnmower Benny would eat it.
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Sump, skimmer, lr, chaeto

I've read it's a hit or miss fining something that will eat it! I've heard turbo snails, and emerald crabs are the favored ones I've seen but each one is different. Didn't know a lawnmower Benny would eat it.
I've tried emeralds and turbos with no success on algae. I had a fox face rabbit that destroyed it in a week but he eventually started picking at zoos, so I removed him. I then bought a lawnmower and that guy was nonstop ripping algae of rocks, he didn't eat anything but algae. After the hair algae was gone he ended up perishing, probably not enough food for him. Of corse getting a fish or invert to clean up algae is not the way to go but they help knock it down a bit until your cheato chokes it out. Don't overfeed and do your weekly water changes and it should subside quickly.
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How long are your lights on and what do you have for lighting
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