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Old 07-23-2015, 04:44 PM   #1
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Hair/string algae HELP

It's over run my tank. Anyone have a solution that works besides manual removal? It just keeps coming back . Thanks for the help.
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Old 07-23-2015, 05:17 PM   #2
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Hi,you need to remove it with a toothbrush and wipe the glass clean with paper towel,siphon everything out,co2 and nutrient levels are to low and your light is to strong .
Cut back on the light ,increase co2 and nutrients.good luck...
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Old 07-23-2015, 07:05 PM   #3
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Balance your CO2/light, and focus on getting good plant growth from there.

First thing to look at with algae issues is light vs CO2 balance. Excess light without enough CO2 to keep the plants growing is a big factor in algae.. Algae seems to be better able to take advantage of light in low-CO2 situations, where plants will become carbon limited and thus gain no advantage from the increased light.

Second thing is to make sure you've got some fast growing plants in the tank and decent total plant mass. I can't really tell what you've got based on the pictures, but it looks like you are well planted, but not terribly well grown in yet.. hard to tell..

Third thing to look at is nutrient deficiencies weakening the plants. Some of those plants look kinda yellowed out like they might be nitrogen deficient (is that erio in the second shot? that's a lotta yellow on it).. again, hard to tell from the shots..
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