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Old 09-18-2012, 08:20 PM   #1
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Hair algea???

This stuff is spreading like wild fire!! My water has remained perfect even before the stuff was growing. Is there any fish that can productively keep it at bay?
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:05 PM   #2
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Did you test phosphates? What's your source water? Maybe there is too much light or extra sunlight getting in?
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:20 PM   #3
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I just got a foxface and it never stops eating algae.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:22 PM   #4
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Do you have corals, and if so does it nip at them? btw sorry for getting off topic here
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My phosphates are 0... I'm guessing it's because I upgraded my lights last month. And would a small foxface fit in a 46g??
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It might be the increase of light. Possibly cut down an hour or so, but gradually (if you have corals). Still seems like there might be another problem as a huge hair algae break isn't usually just from an increase of light. It might be from your source water . And a foxface will grow up to 8" (min. tank is 70 gallon). There is controversy about large fish like blue tangs going into small tanks too, but IMO the foxface is too large for that aquarium, even if it's a young fish. There's other fish that eat hair algae like the lawnmower blenny, turbo snails, and seahares. It's good that you're trying to find the source of the problem though.
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:41 AM   #7
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Imo you have nutrient from somewhere hair algae wont grow without nutrients regardless of light
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Imo you have nutrient from somewhere hair algae wont grow without nutrients regardless of light
Wouldn reccommend buying a fish just for hair algae id try find source of issue first but ya i think foxface like the hair algae and a seahare will devour it
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Your phosphates are 0 because the algae is consuming it. Treat the tank as if the phosphates and nitrates were high and the algae will begin to disappear. What is the tds on your fresh water?
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