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Old 01-08-2014, 12:46 PM   #1
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Algae bloom

I have uncontrollable amount of green algae. I want to keep my light on to help my soft coral. what should I use to clean up the algae and keep it clean.
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Green hair algae? Are you using tap or ro/di water? What are your nitrates and phosphate levels at?
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My test kit was stolen by my roommate and I don't have money for a protein skimmer. Need a cheap solution for now.
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Yes I'm using tap water. Yes it is green hair algae
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No no no tap water! Tap water is bad bad bad lol Use RO water from your LFS. They generally charge less than $.50 a gallon.
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Old 01-09-2014, 03:59 PM   #6
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Definitely don't use tap water. You can get a sea hare for around 20 or 30 bucks. It will clean up the green hair algae really quickly but they have a tendency to get stuck to your powerheads and die.

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A sea hare will starve after the algae is gone. Switch to ro and manual removal are your best bet to beat it.
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They have algae discs that work great for sea hares. Its just like any other animal. If you feed it, it will live.

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They have algae discs that work great for sea hares. Its just like any other animal. If you feed it, it will live.

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There is no guarantee the hare will eat this though. The hare also contributes to bioload and this to the cause of the algae.
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Since you cannot afford a skimmer as bribo suggested your only solution is to switch to rodi water and manually remove the algae. Continuing to use tap water will make it worse.
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