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Old 07-01-2012, 08:56 PM   #1 
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Hair Algae

besides manually removing it.
How do I get it to stop coming back?!

The brown algae is slowly going away. Should I just keep removing them like i've done with the brown algae?
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Old 07-01-2012, 09:02 PM   #2 
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Live plants can outcompete algae if you have enough. Turning out the lights and no food (blackout) for a few days will help as well in a planted tank.

Water changes, shrimp/snails, and moving the tank to a less sunny location might also work.
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Old 07-01-2012, 09:11 PM   #3 
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Live plants can outcompete algae if you have enough. Turning out the lights and no food (blackout) for a few days will help as well in a planted tank.

Water changes, shrimp/snails, and moving the tank to a less sunny location might also work.
no go with the cleaning crew. they always get eaten or harassed.
i have 6-8 stems of anacharis/that is where the hair algae is growing....atleast that's what it looks like
it doesn't receive that much sunlight....maybe 30 mins.
the light it out at midnight the latest and is on at 10:30am the earliest.
Also 30-40% water changes are done every monday. 50% once a month.


Here are some photos. Anyone see it? Really hard to catch it.


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Old 07-01-2012, 09:53 PM   #4 
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with elodea it's fairly easy, just pull it off. when you have more plants and less lfht. The llants will out compete algae and stop growing.
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i had a horrible outbreak with my old tank. I just took a clean toothbrush(new) and scraped it off-i didn't have a snail at the time
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Old 07-01-2012, 09:57 PM   #6 
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with elodea it's fairly easy, just pull it off. when you have more plants and less lfht. The llants will out compete algae and stop growing.
im not sure what filth it is thriving on
There is only Spike in there!!!
He eats all his food/not much poo is left on the bottom.
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Old 07-01-2012, 11:09 PM   #7 
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so you have the light on over the tank for 12 hours or more? That is the likely culprit. Lower your photo period to 8 or 10 hours. The only reason I am not overrun with hair algae in my 10 is my herd of snails. They keep it in check.
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:14 PM   #8 
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Okay
Well, I moved Spike's tank furthest away from the window/in a dark corner. And I'm going to try my hardest to reduce lighting. Hardest meaning I actually set an alarm on my phone to turn it off xD
Another reason why I moved his tank is we need a working plug for the microwave. We accidentally bought a 2 prong extension cord.....we actually need a 3 prong extension.

And because I am a stickler for fish safety. I stuck the extension cord INSIDE a cup xD
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