brown and Hair algae on HOB cause for concern? - The Planted Tank Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-14-2013, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
Planted Member
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: canada
Posts: 177
brown and Hair algae on HOB cause for concern?

Hi guys newbie here, I have a 40gal freshwater moderately planted tank doing well 6 months running. Last night I noticed brown and green hairlike algae on the outflow of my HOB. The HOB is located close to the light so i'm assuming it has something to do with it. I don't find algae growing anywhere else in the tank. I do add flourish once a week and excel daily, Ammonia test shows 0 and I do not do test for nitrite or nitrate. Is there any cause for concern?? thx in advance for any input..

Last edited by iant; 02-14-2013 at 10:09 AM. Reason: added more info
iant is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-14-2013, 11:55 AM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
Ashnic05's Avatar
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 510
There's always a possibility it can spread. If it were me I would just clean the filter and not worry about it.

“Alive without breath,
As cold as death;
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail never clinking.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

Ashnic05 is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-14-2013, 02:23 PM
Algae Grower
kkoch's Avatar
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Kenosha, WI
Posts: 105
I keep the brown algae on my HOB inlet and filter body. Gives the ottos something to nibble on.

25g Community
2 Angels, 2 Aeneus Cory
7 Neon Tetras, 7 Glowlight Tetra
2 Glass Cats
1 Spotted Raphael Catfish
1 Dwarf Bristlenose Pleco

kkoch is offline  
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-14-2013, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
Planted Member
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: canada
Posts: 177
Thank you guys for the insight. I will go ahead and clean the hair algae off my HOB
iant is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-15-2013, 04:00 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
Sluuuder's Avatar
PTrader: (9/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Lexington,NC
Posts: 319
Mine does the same thing. Just cause the filter is so close to the light. As you said just clean it off and go on

Sluuuder is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome