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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-13-2012, 01:51 AM Thread Starter
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Hair algae

Is it possible to stop hair algae from growing in a low tech shrimp tank?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-13-2012, 12:46 PM
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I'm not the best person to respond to this but here goes. I have been battling hair algae in my tank for a while now and have made some headway on it. I reduced my photo period back, eased up at feeding time, bought 4 oto's and started dosing excel 1.5 the normal dose. It's embedded in my HC but thats about it these days. I'm trying to find some amano shrimp to help. I also have a slight amount of phosphate in my source water. I'm working on correcting that but haven't as of yet. Those are a few things i have done maybe they might help you. I'm sure somebody else here will have more insightful info for you. Test your water also.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-13-2012, 07:26 PM
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Oto's are hard workers but not on hair algae and Amano shrimp are your best bet, the last time I checked Rachael from Invertabrates by MsJinkzd had a few left, I use a small bottle brush to remove the algae and it normally will go away after a couple of months or at least lighten up to the point where it's not too much trouble.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-13-2012, 07:36 PM
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amanos will def help , my RCS seem to like it as well

Why is my tank never big enough
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