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Old 06-09-2009, 10:14 PM   #1
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purple hair algea

Does anyone know the best way to get rid of the purple hair algea? I've been trying to suck it all out with my water changes but it returns in a few days. I was wondering if there are some fish that will eat it. I have hermits and an urchin but they wont eat it. My emerald crab just gets it all over him but won't eat it. I believe tangs and some gobys will eat it but I'm not certain.
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Try some things on this list.

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Is it purple or red? Can you get a pic?
Are you sure it's not cyano?
Mike has a great article there....Get us a pic and we can see what's up.
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Does it look anything like this?

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Sorry, off topic here, but I love your sig Sparky!
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thanks for the site melosu58. I have tried most of those tips already. The only thing I haven't done is shut the lights off. I did cut them back and turned off a new 18,000k sun light. I wasn't sure if that caused the out break or not. I didn't want to turn the lights off completly though because of the mushrooms and anemone. I'll try to get you some pics asap. I'm pretty new at putting those online. My algea doesn't look as thick as the pic sparky posted though. This algea is popping up all over like long strings. It usually stays in small strings but will cluster sometimes. I'm also getting this film on the crushed coral and is now on the LR thats kinda milky white
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Are you sure it isn't cyano? Looks like it's growing in and around your cheto
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I guess I'm not really sure what it is. I really need to get you those pics as soon as my lights come on. I just thought it looked like hair swaying arond in their so I thought thats what it was
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Hair algea is not always green. It can be purple, green or red.
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