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Old 09-06-2009, 09:38 AM   #1
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i have this green moss in my tank, it has spread to all my rocks and gets quite bad sometimes, i just cleaned my tank and trimmed the moss down. i have nothing else growing on my rocks since the moss took over, it there a chemical to get rid of it? i attached a picture!
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Old 09-06-2009, 09:43 AM   #2
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That is most likely hair algae or bryopsis algae. Things that help with algae is light reduction or new bulbs, water flow, RO water, reduced nitrates and phosphates.
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that is most likely hair algae or bryopsis algae. Things that help with algae is light reduction or new bulbs, water flow, ro water, reduced nitrates and phosphates.
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Well, it's actually pretty hard to tell from the picture, but as goes with all unwanted algae.. they thrive off of mainly nitrates and excess nutrients in the water. Your best bet to get rid of almost all your bad types of algae, would be to get a good type of algae, that grows like a weed and uses up any excess nutrients in the water column. And that would be macroalgae. Better known as chaeto. I've seen chaeto work wonders for people with bad algae problems. Do you have a sump or a refugium you could put chaeto in? If not, you can just do what i did, and tie big chunks of it to a piece of rock in your tank. It grows pretty fast, so you would just have to trim it down. But it's way better than having overgrowing bad algae on your hands. Are you using regular tap water or RO water? Because most of the time there are high nitrates in tap water, which would be aiding to the growth of that algae. And again, please, for the sake of your system, use chemicals as a last, last, resort. Some chemicals could really screw up your system. Even then, you wouldn't be eliminating the problems(in this case the excess nutrients in the water) you would just be masking them for a while, and they will always keep coming back.
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There are other macro algae that can actually go in the tank as long as you don't have fish like a tang that will devour it. I have flame and fire algae in my tank, the emerald crabs like to nibble on it but not enough to kill it. I have some halimeda that hitchhiked on some rocks and nothing seems to bother that.
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FantasyReef Databases-Viewing item "10 Step Plan for Nuisance Algae Control"

IMO find out what`s fueling the algea and cut it out. IMO buying livestock is just a bandaid solution. Read the above link to see how you can stop the fueling of it.
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