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Old 01-06-2009, 11:36 AM   #1
 
hair algae

I have a small amount of hair algae growing.(aprox. 3 inches long and 1/2 inch high) And I was wondering what fish or coral eats this.
I have a algae blenney but he/she won't eat it.
My substrate is crushed coral.
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Old 01-06-2009, 11:56 AM   #2
 
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Lawnmower blenny is the one that eats them, it seems like you're out of luck since it's extremly uncommon for them to not like it.

The better way to get rid of it is to lower your nutrients in your water by doing water changes using RO/DI. Also, get a bowl of FW and reach into the tank and tear a pinch off, then dip your hand into the water and release the algae. Then do it again. Manual removal is the best way. You put your hand into the FW so that any spores that are released stay in the FW and don't go back into the tank. Decrease the amount of food you are putting into the tank, lower your photo period and manual removal. Other then that, an urchin or a blenny, and don't get a tang for this as it's normally a failed attempt.

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Old 01-06-2009, 02:49 PM   #3
 
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addressing the problem is probally the most important thing ( high nitrates? phosphates? ) because removing it or using a chemical to do so will just result in another bad algae sprouting up to take its place absorbing the excess nutrients that you readily have present
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Old 01-06-2009, 05:48 PM   #4
 
my nitrates are fine. I haven't checked the phosphates thou.
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Old 01-06-2009, 10:11 PM   #5
 
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Exclamation I need to get a siamese algea eater STAT! any advice?....

In my 32 g I have black spots and black air all over my jungle val, and I have the spot on my brazil swords as well.. My b.f's 55g, he is getting brown spots all over his plants and rocks too.
We are worried about it getting out of control and we want to just add siamese algea eaters right away without the 2 week quaranting period that we usually wait in our qt tank.

any advice??
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Old 01-06-2009, 10:17 PM   #6
 
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In my 32 g I have black spots and black air all over my jungle val, and I have the spot on my brazil swords as well.. My b.f's 55g, he is getting brown spots all over his plants and rocks too.
We are worried about it getting out of control and we want to just add siamese algea eaters right away without the 2 week quaranting period that we usually wait in our qt tank.

any advice??
You need to post this over in the F/W section...you'll get more responses that way.
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Old 01-07-2009, 01:18 AM   #7
 
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my nitrates are fine. I haven't checked the phosphates thou.
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Your nitrates are fine because it's stored up into the hari algae. If your nitrates were good though, you wouldn't have algae in the first place... what are you calling fine? how many ppm do you have of nitrates and phosphates?

also, how old is the tank, how much sand, how much LR?
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:13 PM   #8
 
my nitrates are at 0 ppm.
The tanks is 7 months, and I have at least 2 inches of crushed coral. No sand. 20-30lbs of LR.
I feed the tank every third day. I have a sundail T5 lighting system which is on approx 6-7.5 hrs per day.
I have now maybe 5 hermit crabs. and 7 snails.
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Old 01-07-2009, 10:00 PM   #9
 
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How small is your tank? Ideally you should have 1 snail per gallon. I have a 55g tank i have 70 snails (a little much but my hermits eat them sometimes). If you have a 29g you need 29 snails 180g tank 180 snails. Again that is ideally, and that'll help reduce the isseus a bit too. i order from reeftopia.com and i get 100snails for $36. The LFS charges much more then that, so online for critters is going to be the best way to get a bang for you buck.

Again, the nitrates are stored in the algae. You need to get that crushed coral out of the tank. Where is the algae growing out of? the LR or the substrate?
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Old 01-08-2009, 06:38 AM   #10
 
the algae is growing out of the substrate.
I know I need more cleaners. I did have a bunch in there but for some stupid reason they are dieing off slowly.
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