12-11-2011, 08:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Limeylemon
A friend of mine has a fluval u3 in her tank, and suffers tremendous amounts of hair algae growing all over the plants and the front of the tank.
I recently got a u3 for my main tank, and a u2 for my frog tank. In my main tank I have started getting hair algae growing on the front of the tank, easy to clean with a scraper, but it has started growing on one of my plants, only my red ivy (the same plant that died from hair algae in my friends tank also).
What's the deal? I have never had a hair algae issue with my tank at all until I got my fluval u3 established.
Could it be something to do with the media inside the filter?
Anyone have the same issues?
Algae hair is related to duration of light, not the filter. I added a fluval 305 and had no problems with algae hair, but added another light to help plant growth. After adding the additional light I got the "hair" on my plants. I cut back my lighting by 2 hours (I had it on for 11 hrs daily) pulled off the leaves that had it on them, and also began treating with Seachem Excel fert, in addition to the use of Flourish Comprehensive I've been using now for many months. I have no algae hair growth, and see no algae ever, but I have those fantastic Oto fish, and they are busy workers :) Best of luck.