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Old 04-10-2014, 04:15 PM   #1
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Coralline and hair algae

Is this the beginning of coralline if not what is it? And the tiny patch of hair algae, I think it is, would this eventually become an issue
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:05 AM   #2
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If your refering to the rusty patches that's diatoms you get these in a new set up and it comes and go's again so don't panic if your whole tank go's brown. It's normal. Hair algae however is a different story it can quickly take over a tank and is horrible to get rid of,remove it by hand and try to be carefull that loose bits don't blow around as I can bed in again and quickly spread. Hope this helps
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Old 04-15-2014, 04:44 PM   #3
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Why do I have hair algae... Well I know why it could be there but nitrates are only 10 and I feed every other day
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:58 PM   #4
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I had a constant battle with it in my old system I don't really know where it came from but I think I was running my lights too long which accelerated the growth. You might find that tiny bits come in on new rock or even the bases of corals from your lfs I removed most with my hands and scrubbed the rest with a toothbrush but it always came back. If you catch it early tho like you have you should have no trouble keeping it under control or getting rid of it completely
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Also keep your phosphates at 0 and nitrates should really be lower than 10 which is easier said than done!
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:46 PM   #6
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So I tried pulling some of it off but to no avail...
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:52 PM   #7
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Is the "hair" green? Can't really see on your pic
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No its brown
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:54 PM   #9
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Might just be diatoms again then keep an eye on it like I say it will go away it's just part of the cycle you would know if you had green hair algae just cross your fingers hard that you never do lol
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Old 04-19-2014, 06:59 PM   #10
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Looks like diatoms to me ... I don't seem much for hair algae. I have been battling hair algae for about 6 months and it's not fun.

What are your parameters ?
What kind of lighting ?
How long are you running lights?
Are you feeding ? How often and how much ?
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Yes rodi nitrates 10 nitrite ammonia 0 aqua rays light on for 5 hours feed every other day 10% weekly
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Old 04-19-2014, 09:14 PM   #12
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How old is your system
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Ok ... I am not an expert but I believe it's just diatoms on your rocks not the start to coralline.
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What about the hair algae
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I didn't see any in the picture
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There is a small patch
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I didn't see any in the picture
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Just diatoms in the picture, if you have a small patch of hair algae pull it off. How often do you do waterchanges?
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I am doing 10-15 gallons a week until my problems go away
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