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Hair algae

Hey everybody,

I've got a tiny outbreak of hair algae and I want to get on top of it before it gets more than tiny. I've got a SMS122 and pressurized CO2 on a 40 Gallon long with two 55 W PC's on top of it. It's pretty heavily planted, and I need something that is going to eat up all that hair algae. I would try my hand with some amano shrimp, but I've got 5 eight inch tall Altum angelfish that would rather have them as a snack. Any suggestions?

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Are you fertilizing properly?

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I actually am fairly new to pressurized CO2 and don't do any type of fertilization
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I actually am fairly new to pressurized CO2 and don't do any type of fertilization
That would be your problem, do some reading on ferts and that will help alot, you are starving your plants and the algae is taking over. How is your plant growth?


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the growth is okay. I just really bumped up the CO2 output and I'm finally seeing some real pearling. Unfortunately I think the algae is pearling as well. But thanks for the replies, fellas. I'll look into the fertilization.

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blast it with some excel, worked wonders in my tank, i just did spot treatments with a pipette.
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blast it with some excel, worked wonders in my tank, i just did spot treatments with a pipette.
Treating his situation with Excel might exacerbate the situation... Excel will add even more carbon to the water than what he's pushing with co2.

Since he is running plenty of light, and is adding carbon bountifully, he needs to get his ferts in line so that the plants can have all the nutrients they need to outcompete that algae.

Cannonj22, here are some links that you may find helpful when looking at fertilizing:

Chuck's Planted Aquaria Intro to Ferts

Rex Grigg's Ferts Page

Tom Barr's Estimative Index

Greg Watson's Site to obtain good ferts

Good luck. Hope this helps!
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