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Old 12-06-2004, 07:50 PM   #1
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Help before I give Up....Hair Algea BAD

I have tried almost anything to get rid of this hair algea....I even took each rock out of the tank and picked it off....bought new lights (PC's 2x65w 10,000k and 2 03's) It came back and worse this time.... If anyone can help please send me a message.
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Hair Algae just like any nussiance algea is caused from extra nutrients in your water such as phosphates. What type of water are you using right now tap, ro, ro/di? I would also try something such as phosban or another product which when put in a high flow area of the tank can absorb phosphates and silicates
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Old 12-06-2004, 08:07 PM   #3
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need more info. the more the better.

Some questions that come to mind.

Do you use RO water?

have you checked your phosphate levels?

how often do you feed? Do you over feed?

What type of clean up crew do you have?

How long do you run your lights for?
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Most hair algae growth is supported by excessive phosphates. Start dosing kalkwasser at night, which will bring your pH up to 8.6, and that will result in PO4 percipitation. After a couple of weeks, you should be completly done. Make sure to slowly prune it back, because you might get a total crash of algal growth after the PO4 goes down. Starve them, prune them, and win.

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Do you have enough algae eaters? Tangs, blennies, gobies, crabs? I had a real bad algae problem until we got the yellow tang, then we didn't add algae for him to eat untill he had taken care of all the algae in the tank.
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Old 12-06-2004, 10:11 PM   #6
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I started using RO when the problem first began, yellow tang does not touch it, and I have cut back the time my lights are on. Also using a phos-X. My clean up crew doesn't seem to be even touching the stuff, turbos, blue legs...I will be going to that fish place tomorrow, anything I should pick up? Also I do not have a protien skimmer, would that help in this situation?
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My Foxface loves that ugly algae. He will eat most any kind. My crab does a pretty good job as well.
You definitely want a protein skimmer! This will help you tremendously. Also, lack of water flow could be causing it too. What are you using for powerheads/pumps? Might be dead spots in there. Don't give up. We have all been there from one time to another. It's part of this hobby.

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I have 2 powerheads on each end of the tank, I actually turned them off. I thought I read somewhere that hair algea thrives in high currents....and this stuff is alll over, so my whole tank must be a dead spot....
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I would leave them on. Filtration is what keeps my algae down to a minimum. This will definitely give you dead spots in the tank.

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Well they have been on, and problem getting worse, I have only had them off for a day or 2, my magnum is putting out a fair amount of current itself....
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