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Old 02-05-2013, 03:14 PM   #1
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What is this ?? Need help

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can someone tell me what is this on the pictures ?? Is this what they call hair algae on my back glass and on the powerheads ?? How do i get rid of this i tried scraping it last week with a glass scrapper and i made mather worse it was all over the tank sticking to my rocks and corals and now its floating around on my water so i stoped and left the backglass as it is.... Need help plz before it gets out of control

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Old 02-05-2013, 07:35 PM   #2
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:46 PM   #3
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Looks like hair algae to me. I suggest you do frequent water changes, manually remove, feed less and reduce lighting time.

What are your water parameters?
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Hair algae feeds off of nitrates and phosphates in the water. Scraping it off without removing it, doing water changes with ro/di water, feeding less frequently and in sparingly, and cutting back on lighting schedule will help.
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I just started my own battle with this stuff. I had to manually remove some sand, this weekend I'll be pulling and brushing all my rock in RO/DI water along with my power heads, etc. it's not to the extent you have it, but I don't want it to get worse. I'll also be doing about a 30 gallon water change on this 120 gallon to help. I also need to find the best product for my Phosban 150.
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I do my water changes 10% every week with ro/di water ,its a fairly new tank (5months old)

My water param from this morning:

Salinity 1.025
Ph 8.1
Amonia between 0 and 0.25 (kinda hard to tell with the liquid test kit)
Nitrite 0
Nitrate between 0 and 10ppm
Kh 8.2
Ca 425
Mg 1290

I leave my 6 bulb T5 on from 9am to 8pm
And the led kicks in from 8pm to midnight
Is that too much light ??
I feed once a day either pelets,mysis or flakes

Is there a special type of snails that helps with hair algae or do i have to clean that up manualy ?
What do u guys suggest thanks
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:42 PM   #7
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I just got rid of this stuff it was bad. It only took like three weeks. All I did was reduce the lighting scedule then I did some water changes and I also mixed my sand every day and cleaned it off thee glass every couple days.
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It looks like a massive diatom bloom to me. Hair algae doesn't hold bubbles of air.
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How many hours a day do you keep the lights on ?
And also what about feeding ( is the general rule of feeding whatever they can eat in 2mins) fine ?

And is there a special type of snail that helps with hair algae ?

Thanks for help
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