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Old 08-12-2011, 06:20 PM   #1
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Question Letting Green Hair Algae Alone?

Ok, my tank has been cycled for about 3 weeks and when it cycled I got a bloom of green hair algae.. I asked the people at my LFS and they said leave it alone and it will die off on its own.. but its been almost a month and nothing has happened, i think its even getting worse.. So i guess my question is should I just follow there advice and stick it out, or have a full on battle with the algae? things like (PWC's, removing the algae)

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no it wont go away on its own you need to start pulling it out and doing pwc most likely your phosphates are high thats why your getting it so check your phosphates and if your using tap water start using ro/di water
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I gave this advice to someone else a while ago. If you have the room add a couple of mollies to the tank. I added 2 sailfin mollies and they took care of the hair algae in about 2 weeks and it was all natural. No problems since. They still snack around the plants but don't injure them. If you need to remove manually use a toothbrush to snag it off the plants. Just make sure it's a new brush. Hope this helps.
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Good battle plan for nuisance algea. It wont go away except by drastic action.

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Old 08-13-2011, 07:11 PM   #5
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I gave this advice to someone else a while ago. If you have the room add a couple of mollies to the tank. I added 2 sailfin mollies and they took care of the hair algae in about 2 weeks and it was all natural. No problems since. They still snack around the plants but don't injure them. If you need to remove manually use a toothbrush to snag it off the plants. Just make sure it's a new brush. Hope this helps.
OOPS. JUST NOTICED THAT YOU HAVE A SALTWATER TANK. ALTHOUGH MOLLY'S ARE FRESH, BRACKISH, OR SALTWATER SAFE, THE GUY AT THE FISH STORE WHO GAVE ME THIS ADVICE HAD THEM IN HIS FRESHWATER AND SALTWATER TANKS. I USED THEM IN A FRESHWATER TANK MYSELF. THE TOOTH BRUSH THING MIGHT NOT BE GOOD FOR A SALTWATER TANK.
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Good battle plan for nuisance algea. It wont go away except by drastic action.

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Mel if I blackout my tank for a week will it will my pulsing Xenia's, Zoanthids and Greep Star Polyps?
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no it wont go away on its own you need to start pulling it out and doing pwc most likely your phosphates are high thats why your getting it so check your phosphates and if your using tap water start using ro/di water
ive used ro/di water since day one, i think im going to start taking it out physically, im also buying salifert test kits for phosphate, alkalinity, and nitrates.. the red sea test kits i have are garbage
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what are your nitrates looking like?
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zero, but ive heard that phosphates and nitrates might not show up due to the algae
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zero, but ive heard that phosphates and nitrates might not show up due to the algae
yup thats true your best bet is to remove it and continue to do water changes also check your phosphates
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