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Old 02-07-2012, 11:06 PM   #1
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Cyanobacteria or just hair algea

What is this algea?
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:53 AM   #2
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Hair Algae. Nitrates and Phosphates are likely to be the cause although a test of your water will usually show low nitrate levels as the algae is consuming nitrates.
A good source of RO/DI water should prevent this from occurring, until then you may be better off removing the algae manually either by pulling it off the rocks or just removing the rocks and scrubbing them down to remove the algae.
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:01 AM   #3
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Hair Algae. Nitrates and Phosphates are likely to be the cause although a test of your water will usually show low nitrate levels as the algae is consuming nitrates.
A good source of RO/DI water should prevent this from occurring, until then you may be better off removing the algae manually either by pulling it off the rocks or just removing the rocks and scrubbing them down to remove the algae.
+1 I agree.
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Hair Algae. Nitrates and Phosphates are likely to be the cause although a test of your water will usually show low nitrate levels as the algae is consuming nitrates.
A good source of RO/DI water should prevent this from occurring, until then you may be better off removing the algae manually either by pulling it off the rocks or just removing the rocks and scrubbing them down to remove the algae.
What is RO/DI water actually ?
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:13 AM   #5
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Reverse osmosis water or distilled water, or some RO units have an additional distiller on them also but are pricey where I'm from.
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:47 AM   #6
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That is one nasty case of algae. Water changes run something to help take out the phosphates I use phosoban, reduce lights if possible and more water changes. I find it best to do several small ones rather than one large one on my tanks when I get something like that happening. Test your ro water and your container you mix in for tds too.

What type of cuc do you have and how big is your tank?
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The worst part is that isn't that bad from what my LFS reef tank. I bought a candy cane frag off of them and didn't realize how bad it was until I put it in my tank. It had 10 trumpeting heads and it was all surrounded and covered with the stuff. It didn't survive.
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If you get coral with hair algae on it there is a dip you can use coral rx it helps with filament algae Product Infomation - New Dipping Alternative|Soft Treatment|Revive Coral Dip - CoralRX
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Grab 10 Astraea snails and they will get rid of that in a week.
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If you get coral with hair algae on it there is a dip you can use coral rx it helps with filament algae Product Infomation - New Dipping Alternative|Soft Treatment|Revive Coral Dip - CoralRX
Sadly it wouldn't have helped. It was on its way out and I just didn't notice.
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