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Old 10-22-2012, 11:06 PM   #1
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Green Hair algae

I have some green hair algae that currently started growing on my LR. Im pretty sure its due to my lights being 8-9 months old. So im going to change the bulb asap, but in the mean time has anyone had any luck with a tang that eats this? Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:16 PM   #2
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I have some green hair algae that currently started growing on my LR. Im pretty sure its due to my lights being 8-9 months old. So im going to change the bulb asap, but in the mean time has anyone had any luck with a tang that eats this? Thanks in advance.
In the past when I had a larger tank I had a similar issue and I didn't have luck with my tang however I've heard they can. What I've read that most have had success with is the Foxface. I've had one before but not when I had an algae issue. Hmmm...but if they eat it then I guess I didn't know I had one!
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:26 PM   #3
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What kind of tang did you have?
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What kind of tang did you have?
I've had a blue regal, powder brown, powder blue, and a yellow tang (not all in the same tank at once of course). They are one of my fav fish. They are very active and I like that! You just have to make sure and QT them and anything going in because they are very susceptible to parasites. Also, I would buy one locally rather than Internet so you can see what you get and watch them eat.
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:48 PM   #5
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Yea, thanks for the advice.
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This is easy to remove manually. Hair algae comes from phosphate issues, maybe overfeeding but are you using RO/DI water? Many tanks gett his issue from the unknowns that come out of your tap water. I don't even want to know everything that my RO/DI unit is removing from my water.
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Well the old foxface trick didn't work for me. I have a brownish algae in my tank on the LR so I purchased one, dude ate it for like a day sonn as I put him in the tank. Now he is just waiting for mysis shrimp. PECKER!!! But he is a pretty cool fish.
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This is easy to remove manually. Hair algae comes from phosphate issues, maybe overfeeding but are you using RO/DI water? Many tanks gett his issue from the unknowns that come out of your tap water. I don't even want to know everything that my RO/DI unit is removing from my water.
I feed every other day alternating between flakes, frozen mysis, and cyclopeeze. I purchase RO/DI water from my LFS. At the moment i am only using a single 50/50 flouresant bulb. I am currently only running an emperor 400 using carbon media for filtration. Ive been doing water changes every other week. I know a skimmer would help but as of right now funds are a lil low. The bulb is about 8 months old so im 80 % sure that its the problem.
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The bulbs might be adding to the issue, but what is in your tank that you are feeding every other day?
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2 true clowns, 2 reef chromis, scooter blenny, diamond goby, purple firefish, brittle star, cleaner shrimp, 1 candylactus anemone, 1 BTA. I also have a yellow tang that is comming out tomorrow for QT since he hasnt eaten in a wk. Had him for 4 months and all of a sudden stopped eating all together and he is the last thing added.
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