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Old 12-17-2005, 04:35 PM   #1
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Hair algae

I am in need of a good hair algae removal tool that won't kill off anything else. Anyone got any suggestions?
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There is no magic hair algae removal tool.
1- regular schedule for pwc's
2- proper maintanence
3- clean up crew (red or blue leg hermits, snails) to keep things under control
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Old 12-17-2005, 04:50 PM   #3
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Remove the source. That will stop it. WC's and poly filters will usually clear it up. How often do you feed etc. Something is adding excess nutrients to your water.
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I got rid of mine with some phosphate media and manual removal with the cleanup crew helping round the clock also not had an outbreak since I started using the phosphate remover..Hope this helps..
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Oh yea, I forgot about that. Thanks.
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They do make a product for hair algea removal and it wont hurt anything else. It`s called a toothbrush rubberbanded to a siphon hose. Just gentlly scrub rock and siphon loose algea and feed every other day. It works every time.
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Old 12-19-2005, 04:00 PM   #7
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It would help if you knew your levels. Probably Nitrates and/or phosphates are high. Work to lower these levels to control hair algae.
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I'm currently using a product manufactured by TLC. The product is called Marine S.A.T. Biological Clarifier for reef and saltwater aquariums. It's non toxic 100 percent live bacteria. Takes 2 to 4 weeks to treat the tank. Shop where I purchased said it may take a month or two to be completly gone. Use 1 ounce per 10 gallon once a week. Seems to be working. I'm going on the second week of treatment and can see a noticable difference. 32 onces was $28.00. treats 320 gallons.
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It would help if you knew your levels. Probably Nitrates and/or phosphates are high. Work to lower these levels to control hair algae.
Nitrates not high now phosphates might be. I have been known to over feed once in a while.

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I'm currently using a product manufactured by TLC. The product is called Marine S.A.T. Biological Clarifier for reef and saltwater aquariums. It's non toxic 100 percent live bacteria. Takes 2 to 4 weeks to treat the tank. Shop where I purchased said it may take a month or two to be completly gone. Use 1 ounce per 10 gallon once a week. Seems to be working. I'm going on the second week of treatment and can see a noticable difference. 32 onces was $28.00. treats 320 gallons.
this might be ok if I can find it around here.
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Try AZ-NO3.

Worked like a charm for me twice ... not permanent (as in forever), but it works. I've used it twice since last Feb.
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