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Old 09-26-2005, 11:24 PM   #1
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I have had it with the HAIR ALGEA!!!!Please help

I have had a little hair algea in my tank for a while. Well i have been doing water changes and things and i thought it was undercontrol. But now it is worse. It is starting to grow onto my coral and choke the life out of it. PLEASE help waht do i do. Name one creature that eats the dang stuff and i will buy it.
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Old 09-26-2005, 11:37 PM   #2
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What water source are you using? I had that problem a while back using tap water.

Is the tank near a window at all? excess nutrients maybe? elevated temperatures?

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Old 09-26-2005, 11:42 PM   #3
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Buy a small yellow tang. If its anything like mine hair algae will be gone in a week and you will have to go buy it something else to eat.
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I second the Yellow Tang. I also had good results with Astrea snails.
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I know from experience that Sea Hares will eat this stuff. However, they should be watched. One bombed my tank and released a bunch of toxins and ink into the water when it died. But, he was a HA lawnmower.
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I use ro water. I have a yellow tang. It is not near a window. The tank gets up to 80. Just like it has since i set it up 4 years ago. ANy other advice?
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How about your lighting? Are the bulbs still good? Have you changed them out recently? Other than that, maybe someone else can chime in.

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Most often than not, the LR is leeching out phosphate to fuel it. Is this tank a dsb tank?
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I don't see that anyone has mentioned manual removal as an option. When my tank crashed, a few months after, I had acres of hair algae. Along with the water changes, I manually plucked out bunches daily. when it was almost under control, I then shut off the lights completely for several days. It never came back. This whole process was over a month in time, not just a few days.
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I agree, purchasing animals to consume it does nothing to remove the source of the problem...only temporarily handles the symptoms. Something is fueling the hair algae, most likely excess nutrients. Do you remove the algae? Do you do water changes? Do you have a good skimmer? Have you tested your source water for phosphates and nitrates (RO water is not perfect if the membrane is old, TDS is super high, etc.)?
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