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Old 03-07-2012, 09:53 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Green Hair?

My 5g tank has been growing green hair for the past few months... Whenever I clean the tank I wash it all off with my aquarium sponge but it keeps coming back!

So, trying to get rid of it I changed the filter thingy thinking it was old and like... i dunno molding or something (not really mold but you know what i mean)

I can get a pic tomorrow but it looks like this: (not NEARLY as bad tho.. Just on the filter and sides of glass a little.)


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Old 03-07-2012, 09:54 PM   #2 
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Sounds like a type of algae. For green algae usually reducing the amount of light will get rid of it.
Also, get some live plants if you have none, as they will compete with the algae for nutrients.
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:56 PM   #3 
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I noticed some growing in my tank today as well. I believe it is caused by too much light.

I hope someone else can offer input as well.
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:59 PM   #4 
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I have live plants... I fine the light answer a little weird... I say that because at one point during this yucky green hair stuff my light burnt out and it took me like 4 days to get a new one... but i suppose there was not as much as there is now... So how long do you suggest me keeping the light on?
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Also, without changing the conditions you won't get rid of it.. Even if it looks like it's all gone, algae is a microscopic being thing (not actually a plant o-o), that can regrow from even one cell. So you best just reduce light.
I'd keep it on the minimum amount for your plants to survive.
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:04 PM   #6 
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Algae can also be caused by high nitrates and phosphates. Definitely test for nitrates and do a water change if necessary. You have to buy a seperate test kit for phosphate though. :/

One tip is to remove the hair algae and then leave the light off for 3-4 days. Also, does your tank get a lot of natural sunlight? That can be a cause too.
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:35 PM   #7 
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I moved my nerite onto the worst leaf, he's gonna be eating for a week I think.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:48 AM   #8 
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I plan on doing 100% water changes for both of my tanks this weekend as I will be on my way to france this wednesday :) So I want them to be clean and happy while im gone.
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Don't do a 100% water change right before you take off.. especially on an established tank with a cycle already. You run the risk of your tank crashing and restarting a cycle, which in turn can cause deadly spikes that you won't be home to catch and do a water change for. So doing a 100% on established tanks, is a dangerous idea.

As mentioned above, some snails (such as nerite) love certain algae, as well as ghost shrimps. I would personally go for the shrimp, as they have very small bio loads unlike snails, so it won't be a shock to the system adding in new tank mates.

How long do you keep your tank lights on? It will depend on what type of plants you have, but usually an 8-10 hour session a day is all that is needed.
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:19 AM   #10 
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Yea I never thought about that... ill do about 70-80% then :)

Ill have to convince my husband about the snail but he may go for it... I am allowed to keep my fishy's I just have some rules :P (got a little overboard once tehe)

I usually keep my lights on llonger then that..
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