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Old 03-16-2011, 12:02 PM   #1
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Hair algae taking over tank!!!

Hi there. I've had a marine tank running for about 3 months now. It's a Red Sea Max 130.

I'm having this constant battle with hair algae!

I don't think I'm over feeding the fish, maybe even under feeding as they are always hungry when I approach the tank.

I have a big sock of phosphate killer in the rear sump next to the skimmer. I thought this would help but not really made a difference.

I've noticed the hair algae is brownish and not green. Does this indicate is us actually dying?

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks very much.
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:08 PM   #2
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I have the same issue but can't help sorry. Im following!
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Is it very similar? Mine seems to like certain rocks but once it has them, it slowly moves onto the uncovered rocks.
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I have the same issue. What are your water parameters? Phosphate level? I have the high phosphate issue myself with lots of hair algae. I recently got a Bali sea hare who is supposed to munch it all away. LOL But I still need to fix the problem causing it...

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Yeah it seems to like the lower rocks and is starting to spread up the formation! And water changes don't help but I don't know what causes this algae.
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:17 PM   #6
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My water is more or less spot on. 0 Nitrates etc.

I got a phosphate test kit which showed a little phosphate but I read this can be misleading as the algae 'eats' it so you can have high phosphates but the tests show low as its already been munched!

It was a second hand tank and i didn't clean the substrate when I first set it up thinking I could save time with the maturing. It did help. Then I realised I had no idea what would be lurking in there. So over the past two weeks I've been cleaning it using a substrate filter tube, got loads of nasty stuff out. I thought I had solved it but its still coming.

My Filter pads smell very 'fishy' sometimes. Possibly a silly thing to worry about as its a tank full of fish!!

I even removed rocks and cleaned them with a tooth brush, but after say, four days, its back with a vengeance!!
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How high were your phosphates? I'm still at 1.0 ppm and I've been PWC my heart out. Still a ton of hair algae.

Do you use ro water is another popular question. Have you tested your water source? One LFS near me sold me RO water with phosphate level of .5 and my tap puts out 1.0 ppm.
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R u using tap water?
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Thats one thing I havent checked. I always use Ro water from one of two fish shops near me.

I dont know how good their water is though. How do I check?
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Just use your test kit. I always check my ro now if its a new source.
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