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Old 05-14-2012, 03:44 PM   #16
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I noticed a tiny amount of grey hair-looking algae growing on my fake cloth plant in my 29 recently, I've never had it before. The tank is also full of live plants, and....mollies and a bn pleco. They aren't touching the stuff. Like the OP I'm trying to figure out the cause and how to get rid of it, in my case I think I will just toss the plant and cross my fingers it doesn't show up on any of my live plants.
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Old 05-14-2012, 04:58 PM   #17
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I had a major hair algae outbreak and once I added 2 American flag fish, the problem got fixes within 2 weeks. They are the best.

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Old 05-15-2012, 01:50 AM   #18
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I just got 2SAE and 3 flag fish. I've already seen the sae ripping black brush algae off a couple leaves, and the FF are taking care of the green hair algae. The tank already had BN and several nerites.

First though I had to educate the store manager. She told me SAE was flying fox, False SAE was true SAE, and she had one flying fox but didn't know what it was.

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Old 05-15-2012, 03:03 AM   #19
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I have a 5 gallon tank that has no plants in it, but has some fake decorations. Recently this has become covered with hair algae. I took one decoration and put it in the tank that houses my Amano, corydora catfish and oto. All of them ate off of it. I think the oto and amano did the most damage but cleaned it all up. Not sparkling clean, but they did eat it.
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