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Chris7 11-24-2012 12:15 PM

Another algae problem
 
I've been having trouble with what I think is hair algae in my 25 gallon tank for a while, and I can't seem to get rid of the stuff! I've reduced the lighting time down to 8 hrs a day, and I'am still getting it? About 2 months ago I got my wife 2 Shrimp for one of my other tanks, and I recently transfered my Rubin Sword from the 25 g to my 35 g where the shrimp are. And the Rubin had algae on it, but I notice the shrimp on the leaves yesterday and the algae is gone. Would adding shrimp to the 25 g help my algae problem? My wife likes the little guys so I'am probably going to get her a couple anyways but I thought I would see what you guys say.

equatics 11-26-2012 01:54 AM

I've read that Amano shrimp eat Hair algae. Also that you can go down to 6 hours photoperiod if necessary. Make sure you keep up with water changes and fertilizing. My Hair algae seems to be receding, after probably a month or so. I've been manually removing it, mostly by twirling the head of a toothbrush in it to get it wrapped. It removes that much bio matter from the tank.

TitanTDH 11-29-2012 04:39 AM

I had a similar problem with hair algae. But you didnt mention the fertilizer routine. I had a bad outbreak due to leaving the lights on all day and over fertilizing. (Of which you have the lighting under control). I culled the fertilizer amount by half and removed as much of the affected leaves as posible. the problem cleared itself up in a week. and i havent had it back in over 6 months.

Hope you get it sorted though as the stuff looks horrible.

TitanTDH

TitanTDH 11-29-2012 04:42 AM

I forgot about the shrimp question. Im not sure about them ridding you of the problem entirely, but i am a mad scientist so give it a go and see what happens. Any fish in the tank that may look at the shrimp as an alternate meal?

equatics 11-29-2012 01:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nemo the Clownfish (Post 1326582)
I've read that Amano shrimp eat Hair algae. Also that you can go down to 6 hours photoperiod if necessary. Make sure you keep up with water changes and fertilizing. My Hair algae seems to be receding, after probably a month or so. I've been manually removing it, mostly by twirling the head of a toothbrush in it to get it wrapped. It removes that much bio matter from the tank.

ADDENDUM:

I agree with Titan, I think, or the person who said you must address the underlying cause and not just the algae which is the visible result of something else going on in the tank. At least the algae may point us to where to look.


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