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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-14-2005, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hair Algae Problem

I know several threads have been started concerning the growth of hair algae on this forum, however, I didnt seem to find the answer I was looking for. Right now my 10gal Planted Dwarf Puffer tank is suffering hard from hair algae, and I am afraid I will lose some of my plants.

The lighting is a stock 15W NO flourescent bulb (but I will be upgrading to 2x 15W NO flourescent bulbs once the new hood comes in). I dont currently dose anything in the tank, and would prefer to stay away from that; im not a big one on adding chemicals. The tank has been established for just over a year, and about 2 months ago, I battled through a BGA infestation.

The tank stats are as follows:
  • Ammonia: 0
  • NitrItes: 0
  • NitrAtes: 10-15
  • pH: 7.8

Stocking includes 3 Dwarf Puffers, 3 Ottos, and a mystery ghost shrimp that appeared about 2 months ago, and hasnt been eaten by the DPs. I also have 2 Crypt Luteas, 1 Small Amazon Sword, 3 Coskscrew Val, 2 Bunches of Micro Sword, some Rotala, a Java Fern, and a bunch of Java Moss.

I have tried scraping it off of the driftwood and as many plants as possible, yet it still comes back. It has just recently started to grow on the glass, and if it wasnt for the fact that it might destroy some of my plants, I'd just let it go its course and then die off.

The tank doesnt get overfed, and our feeding regiment includes skipping feedings wednesday and sunday. We do give the fish brine shrimp and some other goodies though; if that makes much of a difference.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated, and the ones that involve as little spending of money as possible are better.

Thanks,

Steve
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You might want to think about injecting CO2 through a pressurized or DIY system.

Having an aversion to "chemicals" really limits your chances for success, unfortunately. You may want to stick with low light plants and that current lighting setup, lest you have worse algae than you currently do.

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Get yourself a bottle of Flourish..$10 dose a little once or twice a week, that should help alot.

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You might want to think about injecting CO2 through a pressurized or DIY system.

Having an aversion to "chemicals" really limits your chances for success, unfortunately. You may want to stick with low light plants and that current lighting setup, lest you have worse algae than you currently do.
Its not really an aversion to chemicals, rather, an aversion to spending money on chemicals. Also, are any of the plants I have not low-moderate light plants? I was under the impression that I had a pretty good plant selection.

I do have some hornwort and elodea in there in hopes of them growing fast to eat up the stuff the algae is thriving on.

And a lighting upgrade is in order soon.
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You might check you phosphate levels. Insufficient phosphates is a major reason for poor plant growth and hence, algae.

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