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Hair algae attacks!!

Hi guys, I have a relatively new setup that is having a hair algae break out. It doesn't seem to be affecting any of my plants except one, my hc. The hair algae looks really fine, fine threads, kind of like a spider web look but green, growing all over my hc and killing it. I have read in other posts that double dosing excel would work to kill this menace off. As for my other plants, I have a variety of rotalas, some staorogyne repens and diandandra. My take is inhabited by some danio erythromicrons. Given my flora and fauna do you think going with the excel double dose is a good course of action? Oh, and before I forget my tank is an 11.4 gallon mr aqua with a 36 watt pc fixture on it. the light is about 13-14 inches off the tank bottom,

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im not sure but I will give you a bump
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Are you running co2 and dosing ferts? How many hours a day are your lights on for? That is a lot of light for a small tank which might be a problem if you aren't running co2 and ferts.

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I would try spot dosing with Excel at the amount suggested on the bottle before overdosing. Lower the water level and turn off the filter, remove as much algae as you can, squirt the recommended total amount of Excel on the problem area, leave for 10 minutes then refill the tank and turn the filter back on.
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I would try spot dosing with Excel at the amount suggested on the bottle before overdosing. Lower the water level and turn off the filter, remove as much algae as you can, squirt the recommended total amount of Excel on the problem area, leave for 10 minutes then refill the tank and turn the filter back on.
the thing is though, that since the plants affected are my HC foreground, if I lowered the water lower enough to spot treat, my fish would have no water to swim in. I am currently at college and this is my only tank, so I would have no where to move the fish to while I did this...
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