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Old 06-27-2011, 06:14 PM   #11
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I figured out I had the same problem at one point. I taped regualr aluminum foil over the end of the tank that was facing the window until I could get a curtain up that restricts light..I sewed a drapery liner (light blocking) to the back of a curtain that matched the rest of the windows in the room. The tank will still get light with the foil but between it and dropping the photoperiod down, I was able to get the HA under control..that and some very industrious scarlet leg hermits.

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could just by some of the car visors from backdoor windows wit the suction cups

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If your nitrates are between 5-10, it really is probably a lot higher. Your hair algae is consuming a high level or nitrates and phosphates to keep growing, that's why your tests are testing low. Getting a critter to take care of the algae may be fun to watch, but won't be effective. As the hair algae grows and consumes nitrates, phosphates and other nutrients, those things don't leave the tank, but they are locked up in the algae. When a critter eats the algae, those nitrates, phosphates and nutrients are released back into the tank. That's why people with refugiums and macro algae always thin it out and throw it away. Macro algae needs to grow to pull bad things from the water. Same with hair algae. You can do all the normal things like feed less etc, water changes, but the only guaranteed way I've come by to remove it quick and for good is bio plastic pellets. Like by two little fishes brand. Do a search to find out more about npx bioplastics. They are pure carbon and very effective in culturing bacteria which consumes nitrates and phosphates.

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algae, hair, hair algae

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