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Old 02-23-2011, 05:43 PM   #1
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Green hair algae help?

I have a new 29g biocube and just transferred my water from a 90gal already established tank of three years but for the last 6 months I ve had extremely bad green hair algae problems. My tap water had no phosphates at all!! And my tests are all perfect. Any adivice or livestock I could get that are proven to help with it. The local fish store I ve bought everything from them and nuthing eats it. Thanx for yur help in advance!!!
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:49 PM   #2
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try some snails or a sea hair they clean up pritty good.
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you say your using tap water?RO/DI needs to be used.also pull it out when you do pwc.whats your test results?
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You dont want to take care care of it with livestock. Try this battle plan to get rid of it.

FantasyReef Databases-Viewing item "10 Step Plan for Nuisance Algae Control"
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Old 02-23-2011, 07:48 PM   #5
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That's a lot of hair algae! My advice is...

1. Manually remove as much as you can.

2. Add more hermit crabs and snails. (Current list of CUC possibly?)

3. 20% water change weekly.

4. Re-arrange the rocks so the algae covered side is in the dark. It should die off rapidly.

5. If the tank was used when you got it. Make sure the lights have been changed recently. When bulbs get older algae really takes off. But if they're only 6 months old they should have another 4-6 more good months.

6. Take some water to your LFS and have them test it. You may be doing it wrong if you have had this algae for that long. You could have a chemical imbalance that could be cured by dosing.

Hopefully that helps!
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Thanx alot everybody for yur help I am gonna start doing everything yu guys have said one by one. I will get back to yu.

The biocube is brand new since I ve moved to that it seem alot better but just won't go away.
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If the problem persists after everything I would change the bulb. It could be that it went bad early as do some light bulbs in houses.
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The bulbs are brand new.... Just got the biocube a few days ago
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The hair algae started in my old tank I brought the problem to my new tank. I am gonna do some tests tonight I will post later. I brought my water change tap water to my lfs and they said it tested very good no phosphates at all!!
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How long are your lights on for daily?
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