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post #1 of 3 Old 03-23-2012, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Hair Algae Driving me INSANE!!!!!

I bought some bog wood from my LFS and have had an explosion of hair algae. I poured boiling water all over it several times before using it so am wondering if it's possible it actaully came from this. In the end I took it out as it leached to many tannins, but this bloody hair algae is everywhere.

What do I do to get rid of it? Would it be worth taking everything out except the substrate, scrubbing it and then pouring boiling water all over it to try to kill it all off? I have F8 puffers so don't want to add anything to the tank to kill the algae as they don't have scales and are easily made ill by chemicals.

I feel like ripping my fully cycled established tank apart and starting all over again!!!!
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I bought some bog wood from my LFS and have had an explosion of hair algae. I poured boiling water all over it several times before using it so am wondering if it's possible it actaully came from this. In the end I took it out as it leached to many tannins, but this bloody hair algae is everywhere.

What do I do to get rid of it? Would it be worth taking everything out except the substrate, scrubbing it and then pouring boiling water all over it to try to kill it all off? I have F8 puffers so don't want to add anything to the tank to kill the algae as they don't have scales and are easily made ill by chemicals.

I feel like ripping my fully cycled established tank apart and starting all over again!!!!

Take a breath, and don't tear your entire tank down. I got rid of it, by just cutting my duration of light down. How often do you have a light or sun on the tank? I've got my tanks down to 7 hours of light, and it's gone.

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Agree. It is easy to keep any algae under control, once you know what is causing it. Light is always a culprit for any of the green algae types, but some other factors may play into it too.

We need some data though. What is the tank size (length and gallons)? What is your light (be specific) and how long is it on daily? Are you using any plant fertilizers, and if so, which and how often? How often is your water change, and what volume? What are the plant species (generally)? What is the nitrate and pH reading?

I was browsing through 2003 issues of TFH yesterday in the Library, and came across an article by one aquarist recommending tearing down the tank and bleaching everything to get rid of the algae--even putting the fish in a bare tank for days to get all the algae out of their system. That is too extreme. Algae is natural, it is the source and basis for almost all life as we know it, and to eradicate it from an aquarium is a useless aim. But we can and should keep it in check.

Byron.

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