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Old 12/17/2007, 09:51 AM   #1
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getting rid of hair algea

I have aome hair algea growing in my tank. Whats the best way to get rid of it. All my water perameters are where they should be. I had a outbreak because i moved the tank and stirred up some nitrates. Plus i have a MH light some that adds to the problem



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Old 12/17/2007, 10:00 AM   #2
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A lot of hobbiest are moving towards running phosphate reactors.
I plan on doing this when I drum up a little extra money.
If you're skimming you could crank it up and skim wet.
Or run some type of a phosphate removal pad in an HOB filter.


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Old 12/17/2007, 11:06 AM   #3
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You have to figure out what the alge is being fueled or growing from. Nitrate its one, also how much you feed, how often and what type of food. Also how often you do water chnage and if you keep up with the tank. Skimmers help remove alot of organics and excess proteins, I dont know if you have one, if you dont you will have to make up for it with water chages.


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Old 12/17/2007, 11:17 AM   #4
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You might consider adding a refugeum with macro algea, it should outcompete the hair algea and hopefully snuff it out. Also cutting back the lighting (don't know ur coral situation), minimal feeding, weekly water changes and sand bed siphoning, also very important is the water flow. You should have enough to keep sediment from settling on the rock, the more the better (flow).

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Old 12/17/2007, 11:21 AM   #5
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Yes, I have 2 LS1's and a LS6


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Old 12/17/2007, 12:22 PM   #6
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Phosphate reduction/ removal is most likely the answer. Get a refugium with Macro algae and invest in a phosphate reactor.


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Old 12/17/2007, 04:53 PM   #7
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The only thing that ever worked for me was covering the tank and leaving the lights off for 3 days. It doesn't effect the fish or corals and it completely removed all the algae. There are quite a few people who do this every few months as part of regular maintenance.


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Old 12/17/2007, 05:23 PM   #8
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Phosphate reduction/ removal is most likely the answer. Get a refugium with Macro algae and invest in a phosphate reactor.
Exactly as stated above!

you must export the same or more nutrients than you put in. Overfeeding, tap water, high phosphate foods, etc. Use a phosphate reactor with some phosar or ROWA or whatever, and something to lower nitrates like a fuge, AZNO3, or whatever. As you do that, add some cleanup crew like hermit crabs, Tangs, Rabbit Fish, Top crown snails, astrea snails, emerald crab what have you. In the meantime, take a good 1/2 inch hose without any "funnel" on the top;just the hose and suck it (syphon) all down when you do a water change. It works great!



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