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Old 03-16-2011, 12:29 PM   #11
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Oh ha ha. Yes very good. If the water is a problem though, I guess there are few solutions. Such as telling them, going somewhere else, or buying a RO unit for myself.
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:31 PM   #12
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I have some in a container downstairs. I will test it soon.
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:33 PM   #13
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Yeah. In the long run getting your own unit is probably cheaper and better since you know your source. Hair algae is common when using tap water but it all depends on parameters. Some tap water may not have as many impurities in it.
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:33 PM   #14
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I'm currently saving up for a ro/di unit. They can be had on ebay for about $100 US.
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Where would you put it? Can these things attach to taps for use overnight?
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:48 PM   #16
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I plan on hooking mine up in the garage next to the hot water heater. That way the water lines and drain are all close by. I have no room under my kitchen sink or in my laundry room
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Old 03-16-2011, 01:02 PM   #17
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Hair algae is always a pest I think it is a requirement at the 3 month mark its like a Reef gods test of your commitment to the hobby. I passed the test and this is how I did it.
1. Granular Ferric Oxcide GFO but I used it in a DIY reactor
2. Manual removal of the algea as much as you can at a time while doing a water change. Shut off all of your pumps and pull off tha algae and suck it out with a siphon.
3. RODI water is a must. Dont skimp on it get a unit for your self especially if you have a larger tank it will pay for it self in no time just in gas for trips to the LFS
4. Dont overfeed, if you think you arent overfeeding you probably still are overfeeding.
5 test your water in the morning before the lights come on the day after you clean out as much algea as you can. This will give you a better reading on phosphate levels as the GHA hasnt had time to consume what is in the water column
6 be persistent
7 Natural algae eaters are helpful but you must fix the base issue, seahares and urchins are both great at removal.
8 try to stay away from chemical herbicides
9 set up a fuge and run a macro, any algae that you can grow to outcompete the GHA for nutrients is a great way to starve out the GHA.
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How long are you keeping your lights on? Try cutting back on lighting a few hours. Keeping your lights on for 4-6 hours a day for a few days to a week won't hurt anything in the tank.

Yeah, hair algae is a pain and can come from a number of things though. You have to find what's feeding it or it WILL take over. Until then, keep on picking lol.
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Check ur calcium levels. By raising ur calcium level it kills the hair algae. Also check ur phosphate levels. They sell a product that is concentrated calcium that u put on it and it kills the hair algae u just have to be careful not to get it on the corals
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calcium? magnesium works if its bryopsis and not GHA.
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