Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 05-09-2015, 12:11 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
TheyCallMeButch's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 60
Green Hair Algae issue?

So I believe I have a Green Hair Algae issue. Most of my live rock is now green and for a little while there were spots where the algae would grow fairly long. I don't see much of the longer stuff anymore besides little stuff on the walls of the tank. I've become much more careful of how much I feed the fish so there isn't much extra after.

I'm curious if anyone has any suggestions and ideas to get my tank back on track. Also, since everywhere I've read green algae is bad, what algae should I be looking for?

Sent from my iPhone using Aquarium Advice

TheyCallMeButch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2015, 12:21 PM   #2
Giant Clam Addict
Community Admin
Sniperhank's Avatar

POTM Champion
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Summerville, Pennsylvania
Posts: 20,257
It isn't that the algae is bad. It is a nuisance in the display tank, that is for sure. Algae feeds off of excess nutrients in the water column. This can come from uneaten food, like you mentioned, as well as poop from what you feed as it decomposes.
There are ways of using algae to your advantage as the consumption of nitrates (primarily) is the goal in our tanks for wanting to be as low as possible as above 40 can be toxic towards fish, some much hardier than others of course. Through the use of refugiums and algae turf scrubbers, people have used the nuisance algaes that grow in our tanks to their benefit. It simply removes the algae growth and moves it somewhere else where it can't be seen.
There are two articles in my signature that discuss battling algae issues that are worth the read towards helping your situation as well.

Sniperhank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2015, 01:37 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Reefing Madness's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: AZ
Posts: 584
Need a Hanna Phosphate Low Range Checker.
Get a GFO reactor and run GFO.
Use SeaKlear liquid phosphate remover, which can remove all the phosphate in just a couple of days, whereas GFO can't do that, and would cost you a bit more to run.
Once the phosphate are down, get a Sea Hare, they will take care of that Hair Algae in no time.
Reefing Madness Tank Pics
Reefing Madness is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2015, 12:10 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 36
Here is how I got rid of my green hair problem.

Added a protein skimmer
Added a reactor and run GFO
turned lights off for 3 days.

That cleared mine up, and haven't seen it since. Also my wife wanted a emerald crab, so we got one. He will eat green hair, but not really enough to control it.
Krely is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2015, 01:20 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 670
Do you have a skimmer?

I would skip the gfo and do more frequent water changes, less feeding and add more to your clean up crew.
alex07 is offline   Reply With Quote

air, algae, green, hair, hair algae

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hair Algae Issue NicoC16 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 5 09-03-2014 08:26 PM
Hair algae issue caseynewton Saltwater Reef Aquaria 27 09-07-2012 04:10 AM
Green algae issue jokuharn Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 3 06-20-2012 10:51 PM
black hair algae? brown hair algae? what is this? (pics inside) SENSEI Saltwater Reef Aquaria 10 02-29-2012 08:58 PM
Water Issue/ fish issue pockets Cichlid Discussion 48 08-30-2011 09:48 AM

» Photo Contest Winners

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:03 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.