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Old 08-19-2013, 02:03 PM   #1
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MASSIVE hair algae infestation


I went on vacation last week and my friend stayed at my house to feed the cats and my fish. Anyway, I thought it was common sense to turn a tank light off at night, but anyway I got home and I almost gagged when I looked at the tank. The front glass is COVERED in green hair algae. She didn't turn off the tank light all week. It coming off some plants too, but it's mostly just growing off the from glass. It's so disgusting. How do I clean it??? I already turned off the lights and put a towel over it to give it a blackout, but now do I use a gravel vac and try to suck the algae off the glass and plants? Do I have to remove it manually?? Ewwww I don't think I can handle that. I'll make my friend come over and do it. lol.
No but seriously, help!!
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Old 08-19-2013, 02:33 PM   #2
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Blackout and manual removal. I'd suggest a timer in the future to avoid any issues. Dosing Excel or hydrogen peroxide spot treatment can work as well.
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:23 PM   #3
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Physical removal then kill the current, spot treat with peroxide... Its the only method that works for me... Or you can pick out strands of the stuff daily for weeks...

Also, Siamese algae eaters and amanos, also some live bearers and some "shark" fish like rainbow sharks may eat it.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:34 PM   #4
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I've never had peroxide work on hair algae. BBA, sure.

I've also never had the stuff grow on glass...
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:47 PM   #5
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I have Amanos but only 3 in a 55 gallon, so they can't keep it under control. I also have Otos, but they won't eat hair algae, would they?
gSTiTcH- You've never had it grow off the glass? Interesting. It's definitely hair algae because it's bright green and the the threads of it are up to a foot long.
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:04 PM   #6
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I've battled with this stuff and I am finding manual removal is the best bet. I tried removing plants and putting them in a bucket of algae fix and water. Kills both the plant and the algae and I even tried a low dose method.
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:49 PM   #7
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I used algaefix on my 5 gallon and transfer the plants over and the hair algae is gone in three days. But depends on how much you have too.

Oh don't use if you have shrimp. Does not kill pond snails or mystery snails. Not sure if it will kill shrimp. Haven't used with fish but supposedly it doesn't harm fish.

I transferred because I have shrimp with hair algae on plants.
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Old 08-20-2013, 06:26 PM   #8
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Nope. I've had GSA on the glass, but never Hair Algae.
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Old 08-20-2013, 06:47 PM   #9
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There's different schools of thought on how to approach this. ive come at it from different angles, though it pains me to ever have to repeat the process. 15-30 second dip in algaefix, scissors to cut through the algae at the densest spots. manual extraction with tweezers for fine leaf plants, extraction by finger for stronger stems. Mosses were mostly destroyed and eventually were damaged beyond recovery when spot and drip treating with peroxide and algaefix. GHA is a pain. eventually doing the two punch method may be the only way.
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