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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-05-2014, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Two tanks, algae issues...

Battling some algae right now.

8 gallon: brown algae on the glass and merbaby statues. It seems to be less of an issue now that there are plants in the tank. Hoping it goes away entirely soon. But it is interesting to see it grown on the white statues - its grows like a culture in an agar dish -- spotted colonies. Possibly seeing some hair algae. I hope not.

14.5 gallon: hair algae on the plants, background and driftwood. I'm going to cut down on feeding -- I think I'm overfeeding, not used to having communities and I'm worried someone will miss out on the food. Going to shut the light down for a few days.

Any tips for knocking out the hair algae? It doesn't want to scrape off of the driftwood, but it is coming off of the background and plants. I've lost pretty much all of my red root floaters because algae is getting on them, but the dwarf water lettuce isn't affected at all.

Absolutely no algae issues in the 2.5 gallon but the lighting on it is pathetic so that is expected ;)
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-05-2014, 08:14 PM
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Hair algae? Please tell me a solution!! I bought 2 amano shrimp and they seem to eat it but to really battle it you have to blackout your tank. I know some people dose their tank with chemicals but with inverts, I won't risk it. Blackout seems to be the only thing. Also, physically removing it with fingers or toothbrush.

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I've also read that adding CO2 helps... I will try if the blackout water changes etc. don't work. Don't want to buy a whole system just for hair algae but I guess my plants would benefit anyhow.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-05-2014, 10:30 PM
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I was successful dosing Seachem Flourish Excel. Zapped the hair algae. As Laki said, I would suggest caution if you have inverts as some have reported Excel being the only change when shrimp died. It's the only time I use Excel as I have CPO, Vampire and Amano shrimp and I only dose half.

Are you sure the brown isn't diatoms? Diatoms are common in new tanks and go away on their own.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-06-2014, 01:35 AM
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Found 2 videos for you on algae. I guess I'm getting lazy on explaining it lol.
How To prevent and control algae: http://youtu.be/IqKhrpxis0c
My Secret Weapon For Killing Algae: http://youtu.be/geFDaOhCphA
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Look up DIY co2 using pop bottles. Seems like a cheap alternative to buying a kit and you can even control the gas like expensive kits.

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