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post #16 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-13-2011, 10:28 AM
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Overdosing excel will help, but it also will harm any moss you have in the tank. My guess is your phosphate to nitrate level is off. Reduce your photo period to 4-5 hours, do standard dosing of excel and 20-50% water change twice a week. Also, amano shrimp and flag fish love hair algae so they can help you clear it up.
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post #17 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-13-2011, 03:35 PM
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Looks like I have a hair algae problem, too. I have no livestock in the tank, but cherry shrimp and micro crabs will be going in in a couple days.

I might try just hitting it with H2O2 for now, and try to get rid of it before the shrimp and crabs go in.

As an aside, I was showing it to my girl, and I told her I needed to get rid of it, She said "How? Do you brush it?" Bless her heart...
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massive CO2 injections worked for me u guys.


and i say BUT it turned NASTY... it went from a lovely flourescent flowing green hair, to a nasty red/burgundy dying smudge which no one touches.

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She said "How? Do you brush it?" Bless her heart...

reminds me of an ex... i told her once she needed more internal hard drive space... she's like oh i can i get a USB thumb drive.. :\
I guess it could work, but she needed a LOT more internal hard drive space.
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post #19 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-13-2011, 05:28 PM
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It doesn't turn red until it's dead, then it vanishes in a week or so as it rots away. I've seen a couple other cases where putting the CO2 high enough to make the livestock gasp at the surface killed it all. That may be good for those that either don't have livestock at the moment, or have little enough that it can be removed.

Always curious.
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