Im lucky to not have had a problem in my tank for months. Now it seems that I have caught some hair algae somewhere! It is spreading fast!
Yesterday I tried API Algae Fix, as reccomended by my LFS. Right after I put it in my tank my fish went to the bottom to cower in my rocks. I thought this was odd, but gave them the night to relax. When I woke up, they were still cowering, and someone died! So I immidiately put my filter back in and right away the fish cameout of hiding and started doing their normal thing. Thank goodness I only lost one fish!
Clearly the chemical fix is not how i want to go, so what do I do now? Hair algae is still spreading like crazy, in my gravel, my plants, the filter everything! The only other fix I have found for this is the 72 hour blackout. Should I do it?
Or should I hand scrub everything and replace my plants?
I have a 20 gallon with medium lighting, just replaced the bulb. Im religious with water changes, and have real SAE's in there to help out! Other than the hair algae, everyone is doing great! Oh and I have about 13 fish in there and a snail.