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Old 06-29-2012, 12:11 AM   #1
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Hair algae issue

I believe I'm running my lights too long. Eight hours...

I have a thin hair type algae growing all over my the back of aquarium and all over the rocks.

Two questions.

One: Is algae harmful for the tank, is it something that I should get rid of if I actually like the look of it is it okay to keep?

Two: I'm cutting back on the lights to see if this will help get rid of it. I hear a lot of people do 12 hours on 12 hours off. I have a really high powered LED and I was just wondering how many hours should I keep it on?

14 gallon established saltwater. Reef for month.
Light LED: Kessil a150 LED light. Placed one foot above tank.
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:13 AM   #2
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I believe I'm running my lights too long. Eight hours...

I have a thin hair type algae growing all over my the back of aquarium and all over the rocks.

Two questions.

One: Is algae harmful for the tank, is it something that I should get rid of if I actually like the look of it is it okay to keep?

Two: I'm cutting back on the lights to see if this will help get rid of it. I hear a lot of people do 12 hours on 12 hours off. I have a really high powered LED and I was just wondering how many hours should I keep it on?

14 gallon established saltwater. Reef for month.
Light LED: Kessil a150 LED light. Placed one foot above tank.
Ignore my grammar and run on sentences please.
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:17 AM   #3
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Algae is a sign of excess nutrients. If your results are at 0 it's because it is all bound up in the algae. If there are no nutrients, you could leave the lights on as long as you want. Hope this helps!
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:22 AM   #4
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Algae is a sign of excess nutrients. If your results are at 0 it's because it is all bound up in the algae. If there are no nutrients, you could leave the lights on as long as you want. Hope this helps!
Kind of helps. I've also recently cut back on feeding my clownfish. Like he gets a couple pecks of food a night. Tried to feed every other day but he seemed so hungry. Even pecked at my finger when I moved some coral around. Shocked me.

Where would other nutrients come from besides light?

Also is it bad if I keep it and grow it out? It looks pretty cool.
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Well....... The algae itself is not bad but the reason it's there is. Your clown is completely fine feeding every other day. I feed mine every other day also. He knows he can manipulate you into giving him food. I feed my fish every other day and my grouper and eel every 3rd.
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Good point. I'll change some habits for a week or two to see what helps.

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Anytime! Let us know how it goes!
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I had a hair algae issue as well. It came in on a live rock and quickly covered much of the tank. I was able to defeat it with manual removal and water changes. I had to scrape it off the glass with a razor because the algae scrubber just wouldnt do it. I used a filter sock on my overflow to catch all the loose pieces. I also cut back on my lighting from about 12-14 hours to 9 hours. I added a few snails and they have helped it from growing back. Gha free for 4 weeks now.
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I had a hair algae issue as well. It came in on a live rock and quickly covered much of the tank. I was able to defeat it with manual removal and water changes. I had to scrape it off the glass with a razor because the algae scrubber just wouldnt do it. I used a filter sock on my overflow to catch all the loose pieces. I also cut back on my lighting from about 12-14 hours to 9 hours. I added a few snails and they have helped it from growing back. Gha free for 4 weeks now.
Nice hopefully I eps ate with similar results shortly.
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Nice hopefully I eps ate with similar results shortly.
Nice, hopefully I reply with similar results in coming weeks.
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