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Old 09-13-2005, 08:02 PM   #1
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red hair algae

i doing a 1/3 water change and will check water phosphate and now what will eat this stuff....help
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Old 09-14-2005, 02:21 AM   #2
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switch the lights off for a week, and do two 25% water changes during the week. Clean out any power filters or canister filters and change the carbon with each water change. worked for me.
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sorry, forgot to add, it doesnt work if you have corals or any photosynthetic inverts.
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Re: red hair algae

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i doing a 1/3 water change and will check water phosphate and now what will eat this stuff....help
That's a good start. Do them frequently and post your test results. I don't know of an animal that is guaranteed to eat red hair algae.
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...thanks all
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Old 09-15-2005, 10:37 AM   #6
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Check the nitrates and phosphates.. The algae is feeding off of something in the water so you need to track down what it is a remove it..
Test your top off water also for these..
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My nitrates are low around 5...i have been running with out light and this is starting to work well....i went to my local Lfs and they didn't po4 test kit but i will go to one i know has them about 5 miles farther (a pain to get to)lol....Got my first fish last nite. My tank finish it's cycle about 8 days ago
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I just tested for po4 with a hagen test kit...0 on results....i had some poor lights running now i have 265 watt for 50 gallon..would poor lights on lr create hair algae because i got new lights friday
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sflyfish, I'm having the same problem. 0 po4, low no3 (15 ppm), I feed very little every other day and STILL, hair algae! My lights are MH (350w in a 55 gal) for 5 1/2 hours and 64w of actinics for 2 1/2 hours before and after.

What's up with that? Let me know how your approach works. I'm reluctant to go without lights since I have a few nice corals.
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I,ve cleaned my hob filter and both powerheads and do water changing everyday...about 8 gal.....the lr that had the red hair on it must have come from lfs when i bought it (about a week before)....it's almost all gone now...i,m not sure if that helps you any but thank you all for your input..lol now i,m getting some bubble algea..guess i need more cleaners...i really do enjoy my new tank
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