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Old 05-25-2009, 09:23 PM   #1
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Hair algae out out of control

Ok. Hello all. I am attaching a pic of my 34gal red sea max aquarium. As you can see, I have lots of good things going on in it. Unfortunately, the hair algae has been nothing short of a "thorn in my side." I use R/o water from the lfs. All tests check out ok. Use nano reef a/b. Have more than 20 snails, as well as a sea urchin recently added. My rabbitfish does a good job keeping the Macro down, but I have grown overly frustrated with the fact that I can't get rid of the hair. My lights run approx 8hrs/day. Fish get fed every day(which I know might me a little too often). And thats about it. Can anyone provide me any good solution to this issue? Thanks in advance for any advice.
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I feed every other day and sometimes even skip a day.
What are your water parameters exactly? "OK" is definitely not the case here if you have hair algae and cyano (the purple stuff) starting to grow on the bottom.
What/how much are you feeding?
How old are your bulbs?
You may want to invest the $150 in your own RO/DI, that way you know what/when you need to change the media.
I really like the scaping, by the way!
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Old 05-25-2009, 10:28 PM   #3
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Somebody is going to ask you for exact water params. so I'll ask you now... What are they?

My experience with hair algae was that you have to remove it with your hand as much as you can. Do water changes religiously. Cut way back on the feedings. I did every third day. A phosban reactor is not a bad idea either.

I actually started to think that there was something in my live rock that was feeding the algae... Never proved that to be true or not.

Good luck and keep up with the pwc. It will die back but it does not happen over night.
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how close is your tank to natural sunlight when i first started i had my tank near a window and that natural sunlight made the alage hair impossible to control
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Thanks to all for your responses. To answer your questions, I dont know the exact water parameters due to the fact that I am in the military and am in Kansas, while my wife is babysitting my tank back in Georgia. She is managing it as best she can with guidance from me and the lfs. Tank is right across room from sliding glass door, with light coming in nearly all of the day (I considered this being a contributer to the algae, but just don't have a lot of other options for placement).My previous tank was in the same location though, and I didnt have this hair algae problem. As far as age of the bulbs: the whole tank assembly was purchased and set up february this year. I think they should be good. I will begin by having her cut back on the feedings as well as removing as much of the hair algae as she can. We'll see where that leads us. And thanks for the comments on the scaping.
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I'm not sure of the kind of urchin you introduced,... but I had a royal urchin that would tear that up. Also a blue legged hermit would get all over it too but beware... he would go fishing literally once in a while so you have to watch them.
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Just from looking at the tank... right now I am 80% sure you have a high phosphate problem. Are you using and ferric oxide? Fluval or Bulk Reef Supply GFC will cure you right up over a period of time.
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Just from looking at the tank... right now I am 80% sure you have a high phosphate problem. Are you using and ferric oxide? Fluval or Bulk Reef Supply GFC will cure you right up over a period of time.
Ok, you are going to have to explain that one. Please share exactly what in that picture tells you that he has high phosphate.
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The hair algae. For starters if the tank is being ran with tap water there is for sure nitrate and phosphate in the water. In my experience with fresh and saltwater tanks 9 times out of 10 hair algae is a sign of high phosphates. The best way to remove hair algae is by use of a feric oxide. Bulk reef supply makes a great gfo. General feric oxide
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