View Full Version : green hair alge ?
10/17/2010, 08:09 PM
how do i get rid of it ? how do you get it and what will eat it all ??
10/17/2010, 08:21 PM
You may want to check your nitrates and phosphates. Trochus snails and various other snails with eat it. You can manually remove the very long hair algae, but make sure it doesn't break loose and make it's way to another part of the tank. Getting your nitrates and phosphates down will take away the food it needs to grow.
10/17/2010, 09:27 PM
My zebra snails took care of it for me:eek2:
10/17/2010, 10:18 PM
Definitely some snails will help keep it in check but like techdiver said, you need to get to the root of the problem and correct it instead of just putting a band-aid over it.
Phosphates are often in the foods and even some of the additives. get a phosphate test kit (if you don't already) and you will probably find a low measure because the existing hair algae is consuming it to thrive.
You could remove as much of the algae as you can with a suction tube and scrubber and then incorporate a hang on media reactor (Phos ban reactor by little fishies is one, there are others and I and a few other people probably have some kicking around you could get for cheap) and put some phos ban in it to remove the phospahes in the water over time. you will need to continue to manually remove the algae for a little while, so get snails to eat it also during a short time while the reactor does the trick. continue to test the water.
Lighting can be a factor in the growth as well. do you leave them on for long periods of time? are the bulbs in need of changing? what type of lighting do you have?
Where do you get your water from? RO/DI? need new filters? tap water?
so many possibilities lol
10/18/2010, 07:35 AM
my light stays on for 10 hours -12 might be 2 long
10/18/2010, 08:10 AM
None of my snails eat it but my red mithrax crab gobbled it up.
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10/18/2010, 08:15 AM
That's the second person I've heard using the red mithrax to eat it
10/18/2010, 08:29 AM
what sucks its on the glass and not on anything else so crabs wont work i dont think plus wont i start itching if i get crabs lol
10/18/2010, 09:04 AM
Wanted to check n see if u still want protein skimmer
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