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Old 06-23-2011, 08:10 PM   #1
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How do you get rid of hair algae?

I do 2-five gallon water changes every week and have a small cleanup crew cause just cycled tank. But still have a lot of hair algae. My nitrates are between 5 and 10.
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If you just finished cycling, there might be extra nutrients in the tank fueling the hair algae. As your tank matures the levels should settle down. The best procedure with hair algae is trying to reduce nutrients as much as possible - feeding less, rinsing frozen foods, water changes, etc - and pulling it out manually. Your nitrates are not very high so that shouldn't be the problem. How big is your tank?
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I do 2 5g water changes a week on my 55g and got rid of mine so try doubling yours, Use ro/di
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Def use water purified through reverse osmosis. If your using conditioned tap water, your probably introducing phophsates that will fuel hair algae. Also reduce your light time while battling. I went with a two day blackout per week and changed 45 gallons of water in three weeks to reduce phoshpates. Helped a ton! Good luck!
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your tank is much bigger then mine (45 gal) but i had hair algae and the fish store recommended sailfin mollies. i bought 2 and they took care of all the algae in about 2 weeks. that was a few months ago and no more algae since then. i don't know if you are fresh or salt but the mollies are fresh or brackish. not sure if they can go in saltwater tank.
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your tank is much bigger then mine (45 gal) but i had hair algae and the fish store recommended sailfin mollies. i bought 2 and they took care of all the algae in about 2 weeks. that was a few months ago and no more algae since then. i don't know if you are fresh or salt but the mollies are fresh or brackish. not sure if they can go in saltwater tank.
mollys are fine in all 3 as long as they are acclimated slowly
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good to know because they really worked for me. i got the dalmation (sp) and they are very pretty. when they show their fin it is so neat. it sticks up at least an inch and a half. beautiful!
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Thanks for the help. I think its coming from the light from my sliding door, even though its a good 6 or 7 feet at an angle away I think that is whats causing it. I have to cover it when I can afford some blinds or something spent to much money on the tank. HHHHMMMM Saltwater tank or blinds, I think I made the right choice. I bought a lawnmower blenny to help me out. I'll get it under control.
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