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Name that algae, any help is GREATLY appreciated.

Hey guys, long time lurker first time poster here.

I have an 11.5 gal Mr.Aqua tank that's been up and running for a little over 7 weeks. I'm getting this stringy, hair like green "algae" on every plant I put in this tank. After trying to research, talking to a few members on the forum and local fish shops, nobody can give me any advise on how to cure this annoying issue.

I'm Running the wave point 12" 16W led lighting.
Which I've raised my light higher off the tank, and reduced the amount of hours it's on per day to 7hrs.

CO2 off the paint ball canister 1-2 BBS
I'm dosing the pfertz M,P,K,N every 3rd day with K being dosed daily to try and help with this issue.

I'm using RO water with a 25%-%30 water change every 5/6 days.

Eheim classic canister filter

Eco complete capped with fluval shrimp stratum.

I've gotten in the tank and physically removed it off the plants but it just grows back twice as fast and thick. I'm to the point of frustration now when I see it growing I just hack the plants, and have to part ways with my beautiful new growth.
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Any help is greatly appreciated!!!
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Any fish in the tank? What type of diffusion are you using with the co2? Are you dosing your micronutrients and macronutrients on the s

I would try increasing the co2. Also try dosing your micronutrients on a seperate day from N,P,K. Make sure you have good circulation throughout the tank. These things should help get you started.
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Spirogyra maybe

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Any fish in the tank? What type of diffusion are you using with the co2? Are you dosing your micronutrients and macronutrients on the s

I would try increasing the co2. Also try dosing your micronutrients on a seperate day from N,P,K. Make sure you have good circulation throughout the tank. These things should help get you started.
2 cardinals, 2 Ottos, 2 nitrite snails and 11 cherry shrimp.
I'm using a DoAqua diffuser.
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Not sure what it is, but looks like what grows in one of my tanks.. Only thing I've found that eats it is Amano shrimp, and they do a good job of keeping it from coming back.

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Spirogyra maybe
Thank you! I googled Spirogyra algae, and the images that came back look very similar to mine. At least now I might have an idea what I'm working with.
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I would very slowly increase the co2. Beware, the shrimp are ultra sensitive.
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Not sure what it is, but looks like what grows in one of my tanks.. Only thing I've found that eats it is Amano shrimp, and they do a good job of keeping it from coming back.
Thanks for the Tip, the RCS pass right by this stuff.
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Thanks for the Tip, the RCS pass right by this stuff.
Had the same problem, Nerites, Rcs and flying fox wouldn't touch the stuff.. Three small Amano cleared a tank full in just over a day or so.

55 gal heavy planted low tech south American tank
38 gal bow front live bearer tank
20 gal Marineland led brackish puffer tank
14 gal cf newly planted
10 gal Marineland led low tech low light
10 gal Marineland led qt tank
6 gal snail breeder
5 gal fluval chi dust collector
3 gal beta tank
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It looks like what was growing in my 55. i also tried a few different algae feeders with no sucess. I ended up putting 2 siamese algae eaters in there and they made quick work of it. I also have seen the amanos in that tank eating the stuff.
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Looks like staghorn algae in the first picture.
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Spirogyra, dose some H202 in small amounts over the course of a few days and it will disappear.
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Spirogyra, dose some H202 in small amounts over the course of a few days and it will disappear.
After doing some research on this type of algae, it seems it's the toughest to get rid of. I purchased some Algaefix today, but not looking forward to using it because I don't have a holding tank for all my shrimp. Is it safe to dose Hydrogen Peroxide with fire red/cherry shrimp? If so, what dosing procedures are recommended for an 11.5 gallon tank?

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