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12-08-2012 04:28 PM
baysidefish ok..thanks
12-08-2012 12:15 PM
Method Algae are quicker to adapt to fluctuating CO2 levels, so WC favor them in a low-tech tank. Tap water is higher in CO2 than your tank water.
12-08-2012 08:49 AM
baysidefish why did you stop WC? thanks
12-08-2012 04:07 AM
Method I know this thread is a couple months old, so you may have fixed your problem...

I just cleared up a BAD case of hair algae in a setup similar to yours. I added a sponge filter, overdosed excel for a few days, and STOPPED DOING WATER CHANGES.
10-19-2012 01:11 PM
baysidefish update.

After adding more excel, green turned into red...does it mean it is dying? thanks
10-12-2012 11:35 AM
baysidefish ok. thanks
10-12-2012 11:33 AM
OVT You could. Pretty much the same as Excel, I think.
10-12-2012 11:23 AM
baysidefish thanks, can I use as excel? thanks
10-12-2012 11:18 AM
OVT Just my opinion: hair algae has very little to do with light and a lot to do with the strength of the current: too little or too much and here it comes (same with BBA).

I would decrease the flow slightly in the smaller tank and keep on removing the algae. If it's still in the tank ~2 weeks later, decrease slightly again. Adding Excel x2-x3 the recommended dosage will help.

Hopefully you will win sooner then later.
10-12-2012 07:49 AM
Django I'm still fighting off a hair algae invasion in a 10g tank. I cut down the light intensity and photoperiod (2 13w CFLs) and have increased fertilizer 25%. Making small moves here I hope.

You might try vacuuming weekly. My hair algae is at the top surface of plants. That makes me think that the light is too high, but I could easily be wrong.

If you haven't already heard this, you can use a toothbrush to remove hair algae by picking it up by twirling the brush.
10-11-2012 10:34 PM
baysidefish I added about 3 otos, small ones after last post and did wc 50% weekly. Algae grows longer and longer. Any thoughts on this? A shrimp tank next to it has no issues at all. Thx
09-26-2012 02:30 PM
baysidefish it is not by the window. but the room has natural light into the room
09-26-2012 02:25 PM
acitydweller i have a variation of that same light over a refugium/breeder. its considered low light... Algae is normally triggered by excess light and nutrients.

Your bioload and light will not likely give algae enough excess to start up unless its by a window recieving some sun.
09-26-2012 02:25 PM
baysidefish btw, the water does not seem to be the problem, because I have a 8G shrimp tank, they have the same setup. The only difference is the light.

Shrimp tank I have this

09-26-2012 02:22 PM
baysidefish one thing though, I never siphon the tank...not sure if it matters..
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