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Do You Know What This "Stuff" Is?

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Hi. This stuff has turned up over the last few days. It is mostly translucent and like threads. I first noticed it on some wood way up at the top, very close to the surface.

Oh, and if we can successfully ID this thing, can you please tell me how to get rid of it. Now it's growing on a leaf or two.

Thanks. Let's hope we get this thing before it gets the whole tank.
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From the description it sounds like hair or thread algae, but a picture would be needed to verify that.
From the description it sounds like hair or thread algae, but a picture would be needed to verify that.
+1, this is what I'm saying it is for now until a picture is posted
I'll post a picture as soon as I can figure out what I'm doing wrong with my camera - maybe I'll just try it in the basic mode. I'll try it again.
If it's thin and looks like hair waving in the distance, it's hair algae.
Until you can get your plants to out compete it, you can gather it with a toothbrush. Snag it with the head of the brush, and twist like you would gather spaghetti.
I hope you can see these pics ...
Definitely looks like hair algae to me. Manual removal, as suggested, is you best bet at the moment. You could try increasing circulation at that level of the tank, it helped me get rid of a batch that popped up in my 20L. If its not circulation, you have a nutrient/CO2 imbalance that ill have to be solved. It might be as simple as raising your light an inch or 2.
Are there any shrimp or other animal that will eat hair algae?
Amano Shrimp, but critters should never be used as an algae fix. Find out what's wrong with your water parameters, it's most likely due to an abundance of light / nutrients in the tank.
I also would like to put in more plants to help with the threads - gotcha on the light/nutrients. But I figure if there are more plants in the tank they'll use more light. No? Anyway, here's a picture of my tank, diatoms and all. Where can I put more plants and do you have any suggestions?

You could get some small foreground plants. Either a carpet or some anubias nana or petit. As for more plants using more light, that doesnt really apply, since each area has its own light. More plants will use more nutrients though. You could add some floaters that would help with nutrients and it would also diffuse some light.
i'm going to buy a pygmy chain sword if they have them at the store. I like the idea of floaters. I have some planted Water Sprite, and I could cut off a frond and cut off leaves and float them.
Hi. I think it is thread algae. I got a good look at it when I was twirling it on the toothbrush. It's translucent when you're looking at individual threads but it was definitely green on the toothbrush.

I really apprecate all the help from you - this is something I've never seen.
String Algae, Thread Algae, I don't know.

I removed some gravel because I had too much today, and it kicked up a lot of particulate organic stuff that went right into suspension in the water. Hopefully a lot of it went into the filter. It tells me there's got to be a lot of it around the tank, especially around the plants which I dont vacuum.

I also reduced the photoperiod from 10 hours to 9. Hope that will slow the algae down.
OMG - I figured out that I was running lights from 7:30am to 6:30pm - that's 11 hours! The timer is at 9 hours now. With any luck, the algae will just go away.

Maybe I'll put it up to 10 hours eventually, like it was recommended to me, but for now with the new lights, 9 sounds good and I'll take it down to 8 if necessary.
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