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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-24-2005, 06:13 AM Thread Starter
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algae, the one that looks like strangly hair

i was going to post this in the algae thing, but i have a 10 gallon so im not sure if things would be different, but i have a bit of this greenish black hair looking algae that branches off and i though i cleaned it out one time, but it turns out i just spread it around so its all over the place and its impossible to clean and tough to kill. i dont know my water params, however i dont dose or use co2 and run around 50 watts of screw in lights that have really bad reflectors. so how should i stop it, or prevent this from happening again (i might strip my tank if this doesnt work out)
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Are you fertilizing or adding co2, because with 50 watts of light over a 10 gallon, you're going to run into problems.

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How comes shoppings so stupid, looks at all this stuff I haves, what do I do's with it.
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Stripping the tank isn't likely to help much, the algae will probably come back if the tank is set up again with similar conditions. Hair algae thrives in well-lit tanks with low CO2. My advice is to set up a DIY CO2 bottle behind the tank - hair algae often disappears with raised CO2 levels. Flourish Excel is also rumored to work wonders with hair algae infestations. I recently upgraded the lighting on one of my small tanks and hair algae moved in almost overnight - I've raised the CO2 (to ~30ppm) and started dosing Excel. The algae has stopped spreading and may be dying back, but it's too early to tell if the Excel is making a big difference.
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