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Another "what is that in my shrimp tank?"thread. edit:answered

Guessing this is some sort of hair algae but its stayed very compact, stiff, and very white.. so not sure? Its is by a sw window with indirect light. Its been there for a few months-not growing fast (unlike some regular green hair algae that is also in the tank on some of the moss).
Adult red neo on sponge filter for size reference. Its really stuck on there (the sponge) using tweezers to get it off would take forever

I doubt its hydra or some bad predatory thing but wanted to check if anyone thinks otherwise.

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I often (always?) get a weird thread algae in my own shrimp tanks as the "3rd wave" after diatoms and GH, seems to come around 4-6 months in or so. Mine grows longer than that but is similarly lightly pigmented for lack of a better term. Seems to grow on the sponge filter and brightest spots. If it's the same thing I see pretty regularly, it's not too hard to manually remove the bulk of it and it eventually seems to wane if you keep things clean. I've not found anything that will eat it, it was quickly destroyed by Excel but I avoid using that in shrimp tanks. Peroxide may be worth a shot and it loves bright light.

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I often (always?) get a weird thread algae in my own shrimp tanks as the "3rd wave" after diatoms and GH, seems to come around 4-6 months in or so. Mine grows longer than that but is similarly lightly pigmented for lack of a better term. Seems to grow on the sponge filter and brightest spots. If it's the same thing I see pretty regularly, it's not too hard to manually remove the bulk of it and it eventually seems to wane if you keep things clean. I've not found anything that will eat it, it was quickly destroyed by Excel but I avoid using that in shrimp tanks. Peroxide may be worth a shot and it loves bright light.
Thanks for the reply. Just wanted to make sure it wasn't something bad (harmful to shrimp) since I've not seen it before. Tank is over a year old now. Will work on manual removal with each wc.
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I just started watching another YouTube channel besides Aquarium Coop, which is Marks Shrimp Tanks:

https://www.youtube.com/user/Markpeggie1/featured

He did a cool article and a couple of videos on safely using H2O2:

https://marksshrimptanks.com/2018/10...-game-changer/


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I feel sure it's an algae. Just spotted some of what I'm talking about still hanging on near the surface of one tank. I was pulling handfuls out just a few months ago. Unsure if you have the same thing, but it looks pretty similar. This stuff is more gray/white than green when not in bright light.

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I just started watching another YouTube channel besides Aquarium Coop, which is Marks Shrimp Tanks:

https://www.youtube.com/user/Markpeggie1/featured

He did a cool article and a couple of videos on safely using H2O2:

https://marksshrimptanks.com/2018/10...-game-changer/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th3FFTiuzJo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHkTGMpoH_0
I subbed him and have watched some of his videos (so many more to watch still!) thank you for the direct h2o2 relevant link from him-not seen that yet-will watch later.

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I feel sure it's an algae. Just spotted some of what I'm talking about still hanging on near the surface of one tank. I was pulling handfuls out just a few months ago. Unsure if you have the same thing, but it looks pretty similar. This stuff is more gray/white than green when not in bright light.
Looks similar. Mine is just so super compact/small/short.. Would algae grow down into the dark space of the sponge for nutrients like roots on plants will?

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I've had that before, however not in a shrimp tank. The closest that I could match it online was a type of staghorn algae. Keep in mind I'm far from an expert. I can tell you that it did not like it very much when I started dosing Metricide to get rid of it. That took care of it and I've never seen it since.
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