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Old 12-16-2003, 05:02 AM   #1
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Hi All,

Over the months I have been battling with hair algae. I think I mostly have it taken care now thanks to my Black Lyretail Mollies and maybe my Flying Fox but I have been left with these little short hairs all over my plants and I have no idea how, or if it is even possible, to get rid of them.



Any suggestions? The tank looks great from a slight distance but when you start to really examine it you can see the darn hairs all over the place.

Ryan :roll:
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Old 12-16-2003, 05:54 AM   #2
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Little more info plz

How powerful is your light?
PO4 lvl and NO3 lvl?
Plant fertilizer used?
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Old 12-16-2003, 06:54 AM   #3
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Here is the info..

4.4wpg AH Supply CF @ 5300k / 12hr Photoperiod
0.0 PO4 (Hagen Test)
0.0 NO3 (Aquarium Pharm Test)
1.5ml/wk Seachem Flourish Comprehensive
20% Weekly Water Change
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Old 12-16-2003, 11:32 AM   #4
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Thanks for taking the time to bring the info.

From the info,i think it is the light that problems.4.4 watt per gallon seems to be too much. 2-3 watt per gallon is more sufficient in planted aquarium. To clean the algae for once and for all(i hope), cut off the plant leaves with most hair algae while the others,consider these:

a)leave them for fish to eat.

b)take the plant out of the water and use a sponge to scrape them off gently and wash them with tank water and place them back.

c)Left the lights off for 72-96 hours so the algae will die off from lack of nutrients and light.(i don't recommend this one)


And 40% water change is better for a weekly water change
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Old 12-16-2003, 01:04 PM   #5
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um ace no it isn't due to high light. i have 1.5 watts per goolon in a 10 currently and i still have that stuff
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Old 12-16-2003, 01:26 PM   #6
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Do you inject CO2 into this tank? You need to add phosphates and nitrates to your tank if they are both at zero.
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Old 12-16-2003, 01:31 PM   #7
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Your problem is your NO3 and PO4 levels. Algae can survive on nearly undetectable levels of N-P-K, while plants need those levels to be within a certain range to grow.
Add NO3 until it is between 5-10ppm and add PO4 until it is between 0.5-1ppm. Once your plants start growing quickly, there will be less algae on the new leaves, and you can trim off the old leaves.
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Old 12-16-2003, 02:32 PM   #8
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I also assume you don't have any K in your tank either. You should dose enough to bring your levels up to about 15-20ppm. You should be in business after that.

Maybe get a good algae crew to expedite the clean up too.
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I can hardly tell the best way to fix algae breakout since i never experienced it before.... :lol:
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Old 12-16-2003, 04:46 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the suggestions!

I do dose CO2 via a yeast generator (not very effective but better than nothing). Do you think my test kits are OK or are Hagen and Aquarium Pharm kits known for not being accurate?
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I think that most test kits are accurate, it's just that some are easier to read than others. I have the Master Kit, which I think is the same as your Aquarium Pharm test (though I could be mistaken) and the reason I chose that one is because it's much easier to understand the readings than with some other tests. The colour charts that you match your results to seem a lot clearer than some.
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Old 12-19-2003, 12:35 AM   #12
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What do you guys recommend for NO3 and PO4 supplementation? A Seachem product perhaps?

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Old 12-19-2003, 12:41 AM   #13
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For a smaller tank Seachem is a great source, however if you have multiple tanks or a real large tank like I do. Such premixed products can start costing an arm and a leg.... At that point you would look to buy the specific chemicals you need...


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Old 12-19-2003, 03:10 AM   #14
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Are there any companies that make a NO3 supplement? I am having a really hard time finding it at my lfs.

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newplantguy,

I was just informed in my thread about algea of a place http://www.gregwatson.com/products.asp

I just put in an order this afternoon, so I cant tell you much more...


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