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Old 03-16-2011, 08:13 PM   #21
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I checked my calcium and I think it's 400 ppm. I also checked phosphate level and that seems pretty low. But this is late at night after the lights have been on.

I've attached a pic of the phosphate result. I hate this thing!! It's so hard to determine the result!

So, after the 'hair algae test from God', does this eventually go away or will it be a constant battle?
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:29 PM   #22
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Yea calcium. If ur calcium is low it will grow. Calcium kills hair algae. Try to see if u can find the product they sell that kills the algae. It works
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Old 03-17-2011, 12:10 PM   #23
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It does work but you really want to find the root cause as well or it will just come back. or you will be dosing agleacide all the time to keep it in check. To each thier own i gues.
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:11 PM   #24
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Syphon it all out then leave lights off for three days thats what I did with my algae problem whiped it all out
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Or get a large crew of hermits workin for ya. Also astraea snails supposedly eat the roots, but you still want to get to the cause of the problem.

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Old 03-18-2011, 03:41 AM   #26
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I'm gonna do a rip out at the weekend with a water change. Also gonna ask how often they change their filters at the LFS.

I'm hoping to keep away from the chemical treatments in case of bad side effects.

I recently bought 10 little hermits. This task might be out if their league!

I have lights on for about 9 hrs. Is that ok?
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I would leave the lights off or cut them down to 5 hours for a few weeks. That's what worked for me. About three months in as well.
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FantasyReef Databases-Viewing item "10 Step Plan for Nuisance Algae Control"

A nice little check list for fighting nuisance algea.
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:02 PM   #29
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i'd look at a few blue knuckle hermits to try and fight of some of the hair algae
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Old 03-18-2011, 08:20 PM   #30
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That checklist is a great start. Maybe I'm gonna feed every two days now and increase my water changes to once a week.
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