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Old 02-22-2021, 08:23 PM   #1
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How do I get rid of hair algae without killing everything else?

I have a tank with live plants and a fluval light at 25% for about 1 1/2 hours a day ant at about 70% for about 4 hours a day. I have hair algae I keep plucking out of the tank... I have three Ottos and guppies in the tank, and they basically ignore the stuff. Does anything actually eat it? If I turn the light way down for a few days will it go away without killing off the live plants? Other suggestions?
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Would love to have a sure fire way myself. Is it just on plants?

I’m assuming it is green hair algae and not say black beard algae which I find easier to manage.

http://www.theplantedtank.co.uk/algae.htm
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It definitely is long, string and green. The attached picture shows it growing on the moss ball. It also grows on plants, a few fake ornaments I have and an occasional patch on the glass.
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PS One other idea I read about online (because the internet is ALWAYS right).... Does anyone have any idea of AlgaeFix is safe to use in this kind of tank? I also have a slight problem with a baby snail explosion - some of the plants I bought must have had some eggs I couldn't manage to clean off before putting them in the tank. If AlgaeFix kills hair algae, is ok on live plants and livebearer fish (and Otos) AND can harm snails that would be useful.
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PS One other idea I read about online (because the internet is ALWAYS right).... Does anyone have any idea of AlgaeFix is safe to use in this kind of tank? I also have a slight problem with a baby snail explosion - some of the plants I bought must have had some eggs I couldn't manage to clean off before putting them in the tank. If AlgaeFix kills hair algae, is ok on live plants and livebearer fish (and Otos) AND can harm snails that would be useful.

How long has the tank been set up?
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How long has the tank been set up?

About a year.
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PS One other idea I read about online (because the internet is ALWAYS right).... Does anyone have any idea of AlgaeFix is safe to use in this kind of tank? I also have a slight problem with a baby snail explosion - some of the plants I bought must have had some eggs I couldn't manage to clean off before putting them in the tank. If AlgaeFix kills hair algae, is ok on live plants and livebearer fish (and Otos) AND can harm snails that would be useful.
Chemical Algae Control

We do not recommend chemicals to treat algae. Any chemicals (save antibiotics for “blue green algae”) which kill algae will also kill both plants and fish. Specifically, API Algaefix and Tetra Algae control (same chemical – Polyquaternium WSCP) have killed tanks of fish.

Reference: Controlling Algae

Use at your own risk.
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About a year.

Probably too much light in relation to carbon dioxide.
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Algae or fungis???

You try changing your perimeters for your live plants? I had such an outbreak...using algaefix and a fertilizer for my amazon swords, and moss balls seemed to do the trick. I'm no chemist, but a bit of attention to your moss balls...rotate them as particles gather.
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