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Old 02-18-2013, 08:41 PM   #1
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Please someone help, I'm fighting hair algae... and I'm losing!

ive been fighting this ugly stuff for a while now, i cut down on feeding to once or twice a week, should i be doing more frequent water changes?

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canister filter with no filter media, all i have in there is live rock, phoseguard and carbon
3 PHs (750gph, and 2 425gphs)

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2 clowns
1 six line
1 coral banded shrimp
1 anemone (i think its a Haitian anemone)
hairy mushroom coral
and a candy cane coral (i think)
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:05 PM   #2
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Water parameters pleae.


Also, what was the turning point for me was phosband . Might be worth checkin out. I leave it in a bag right in front of my return pump, replace it about every 2-3 months, and all hair algae is gone
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:08 PM   #3
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Do you think if i put some ChemiPure in my canister filter that would get rid of the algae? Or does phosband work better?

My parameters are fine, that's the thing, i have no idea where the heck this crap is coming from.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:27 PM   #4
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Do you use RO/DI water for your water changes? If so I had a similar problem and could not find a solution. Then I noticed my TDS meter was climbing and I changed my filters - after a few water changes the hair algae lost!
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:32 PM   #5
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Yes i do! i buy my ro/di water at my lfs, well they say its ro/di....... next time i go get some more water, ill test it. What if i start using distilled water?
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:25 PM   #6
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Look in to using phosban ether in a reactor or put in a bag in the filter! Also if you don't mind a new addition to your tank a Sally light foot crab will do wanders on hair algae.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:28 PM   #7
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I use phosguard In my filter. I don't really have a cuc. My lfs sells hermit crabs and snails for $5 each... Way to expensive. If I get a proper cuc, do you think it would help?
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:37 PM   #8
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It would help, but finding the cause for the algae is the sure thing. I would check the water you are buying to see how it tests. That's usually the cause of algae
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:38 PM   #9
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Yeah I think that's the problem. I'll do tests tomorrow and see what I get
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:57 PM   #10
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How old is your tank?
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