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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-26-2013, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Hair algae problem

I am having an algae problem in my 20 gal long. My glostoma was filling in nicely and now it is covered in Hair algae and I cant get rid of it!
Anyway I was wondering if anyone knows where I can get an amano shrimp or 2 for cleaning out this tank?
I can not find any for sale anywhere around here.
Thanks Eric
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If you dont have inverts in this tank, you can try API algaefix. Puts stress on fish so dose it to only the reccomended amounts for 3 days in a row, and during each dose dont dump it all in, slowly add it over the course of 1-2 hours. Helps the fish cope with it. Any sign of stress, do a water change.

Otherwise, you can blackout. That will hurt the algae. Once the issue is gone, add more plants and get Co2 right.
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If you dont have inverts in this tank, you can try API algaefix. Puts stress on fish so dose it to only the reccomended amounts for 3 days in a row, and during each dose dont dump it all in, slowly add it over the course of 1-2 hours. Helps the fish cope with it. Any sign of stress, do a water change.

Otherwise, you can blackout. That will hurt the algae. Once the issue is gone, add more plants and get Co2 right.
Its not the plants causing issues It is heavily stocked....as for Co2 I am at 2 bubbles a second with slight surface disruption. Is it your experience that fluctuations in Co2 levels cause hair algae ? I am Running 2 24watt T5HO at 10 hrs a day. This is the first time I have had this problem. Cant figure out why this is happening but I have already removed half my glostoma and dont want to lose the rest of it!
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unfortunately, hair algae can also thrive in a healthy planted tank. So its is very hard to get rid of if it gets a strong hold. If it is really bad already, try a blackout to hit it back a bit. 3 days, no light. 72 hours. Your plants if they are indeed healthy will be perfectly fine. Else, algaefix will destroy it very well. But its a surfactant so fish really don't like it, so dose only as to the bottle. I used it before on my tank fora small hair algae just cuz i was too lazy to remove it manually and i saw fish within minutes going ostrich style into my carpeting plants. Dose over time haha, I didn't lose any luckily. All recovered perfectly well.
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