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Hair algae

How do you get rid of a forest of hair algae? My tank is about a month old and I have pressurized CO.

The hair algae is growing on the moss attached to driftwood so I can't pull it off.
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Reduce the light / photoperiod. Add floating plants / hornwort. Maybe amano shrimp.
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I have the same thing on my moss that is closest to the light, I use hydrogen peroxide to kill it.
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How do you kill it with Peroxide? I have fish in the tank.

I only run the lights about 4-5 hours a day.
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how bright/ intense is the light?

how far is it from the moss and driftwood, assuming they are situated in the upper half of the tank?

you can use tweezers to extract hair algae but would recommend you move the driftwood into a bucket before doing so for fear of releasing hair strands throughout the tank and having it find another host.


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Look up the one two punch method in the algae section. Lots of people will tell you to adjust lights, co2 and everything else. The key is to get your tank balanced. But in the mean time you need to help clear out the algae. It will go away when the tank is balanced but if it goes to far you will loose plants and get so pissed you might just dump the tank. Don't be afraid to help get rid of the algae with chemicals just remember it's not the cure but a way to keep it in check till you find the right balance.
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Right now, I have a BML red light. The algae is even at the bottom. The tank is new so I know from keeping ponds for 25 years and aquariums all my life, that it has to cycle. But I've never had hair algae in an aquarium before.

I'll look up that page and see what happens.

There's a saying in ponds that if you remove something (algae) from the pond, it makes a hole and Mother Nature will fill it again.
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its very simple I wouldnt even one two punch it, the hp alone w do

of all the algae that can be treated marine and fw, hair algae and the various groups that comprises is the most affected

turn off pumps to the tank for a sec, still it

use creative method to simply slowly inject the hp into the mass of algae when water is still. the slower the inject, the better the kill.

in any tank with a water volume of 20 gallons or more and no special shrimp loading, you dont even have to be exact with the dose amnt. its "some"
out of fear, people tend to underdose.

qt shrimp for a day during any treatment to be safest, no fish are known affected. biofilters are unaffected even by overdoses, counter to common claims. 1 ml per ten gallons is a known conservative broad dose, across tanks, marine and fw.

so if you have a 30 gallon tank, you know you have a comfortable 3-4 mils to inject, per day if needed as it dissipates fast, and maybe even a little more. Personally I use a lot of the stuff and its in vids.

certain species are known tolerants, such as caridina fw rcs and some crays and then some shrimp are genetic intolerants and die in the smallest doses, like lysmata species sw. I know of no fish fresh or marine that would be on the list of intolerants for hp in tank treatment
both excel and hp alone have anti algae properties, so i agree a 1/2 is also no prob to run as well it is a creative combo.

hp might not be right for everything, but its good for this. post before and after pics. if you ever want to see some documentation for one of many people's hp method google 'pico reef pest algae challenge thread'
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