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Old 09-19-2012, 04:11 PM   #1
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What should i do??????

Hi everyone, ive just noticed that hair algea is starting to grow on my (not live) rocks its about 3mm long, and i was just wondering what i should do or try and get coz i know it can get out of control pretty fast! The water parameters are spot on i do WC's every 3 weeks, tanks been up and running about 6 months, its a Fluval 125ltr the lighting is T8s which are the originals which i got with the tank when i first bought it about 4 years ago! Pls help! Oh i almost forgot ive got 2 clowns, 1 wimple, 2 Green chromis, 2 hermits, 1 Cleaner shrimp,1 Chocolate chip starfish and 1 Dwarf something fish cant remember what ya called it lol!
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:05 PM   #2
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For starters, check phosphates and nitrate as they are usually the culprit for hair algae. Best way to get it out, is to remove the rock and scrub it with a toothbrush or something (clean) in some RO water. Don't try to pull it of the rock while it's in the tank as it is a good way to seed more of it... Do you use RO water or tap? How often are
you feeding? How often are you doing PWC's?
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:18 PM   #3
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For starters, check phosphates and nitrate as they are usually the culprit for hair algae. Best way to get it out, is to remove the rock and scrub it with a toothbrush or something (clean) in some RO water. Don't try to pull it of the rock while it's in the tank as it is a good way to seed more of it... Do you use RO water or tap? How often are
you feeding? How often are you doing PWC's?
Thanks for replying, how do i check phosphates is that another test kit? Plus i use tap water PWC's every 3 weeks i cant afford RO: ( i fill up my 30ltr bucket with clean tap water and mix with the right amount of salt the day before i do my WC leaving over night get it up to temp, then i siphon out the same amount into another bucket from the tank then top up with the clean water. Ps i feed once every morning before i go to work they get 1 half of a frozen block of food Brine, mysis, lobster eggs etc. could it be the lights causing it cheers for your advise i will follow it!
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:22 PM   #4
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Get a phosphate test kit. Tap water is usually loaded with phates, that's why RO/DI water is worth it. I buy it at my LFS for $.25 a gallon, so weekly water changes only cost $1.50 plus salt, which I buy in buckets... An acceptable number of phosphates is essentially "0". Anything over .03 ppm is considered high, which is why doing things to prevent them are important. So get a test kit, and you can start by checking the water in your aquarium, and for giggles I would check your tap water. I'm interested to hear the results...
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:25 PM   #5
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And I meant $1.25 haha I'm an idiot...
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And I meant $1.25 haha I'm an idiot...
Haha no probs i will get scrubbing tomorrow, hopefully try and get to the LFS this weekend and try to get a phates kit thanks very much for the advise much appreciated plus i will keep u informed thanks again; )
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:32 PM   #7
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And ask your LFS if they sell RODI... It's cheap. I go there with 4 big 5 gallon buckets and am pod for a couple weeks on $5.00!
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Pod=good autocorrect!
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Pod=good autocorrect!
Lol will do✌
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