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boxercrazy156 03-02-2013 02:57 PM

3d rock walls
I have a 3d rock wall and it has some hair algae on it I don't know how to remove it I have a brush I scrub it with but that just balls it up I 3 siameses algae eaters that don't seem to keep it under control its a 120 gallon heavily planted tank would leaving my lights off help It seems to be at one end of my tank

JDM 03-03-2013 08:57 AM

At one end.... are both filter outputs at one end of the tank? The hair algae apparently likes waterflow as well as extra light which is why I ask. If it is at the end where the outputs are you could move one elsewhere or point them away from the wall. I have a little bit of hair algae that comes and goes attached only to the inside of my filter output, high flow obviously. I've never cleaned it off as it has never propagated anywhere else.

How long are your lights on each day? You could try reducing the light period by an hour or two and see if it makes any difference.

From what I have read, not much eats hair algae.


boxercrazy156 03-03-2013 12:51 PM

I have an out flow at each end I have 2 cannisters the one at the other end is a spray bar that foes down to where thers is more algae the outflow at the end with more points away from the rock wall I have a timer I might have to use I work full time and put the lights on before I go to work and then turn them off an hour before bed so 14 hours my other aquarium is the same time it's fine but it has different lights since its not a planted tank
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JDM 03-03-2013 02:05 PM

Sounds like you need to just shorten the time then. It might just look after itself. I am running 14 hours but on an LED system so intensity is lower. Plants do very well. I see many that are using higher intensity tubes are running as low as 7 or 8 hours.


boxercrazy156 03-03-2013 04:51 PM

I'm running 161 watts of 6700k and I have another 161 watts that I used to turn on for. A few hours on the weekend but I haven't for a while
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MoneyMitch 03-03-2013 07:47 PM

algae appears from several causes, some will grow in darkness and most doesnt require much light. you will see algae when the conditions are right for it. the high light is causing everything to grow faster, kinda like a car you push the gas pedal (light intensity and period) the more gas and air mixture (ferts and co2) you will need. otherwise you see algae.

so this brings me to my next question, any live plants or ferts being used? if so i would reduce or even stop with the ferts and cut down the light time then remove by hand if you have to all the hair algae you can. i will pm you a great forum to look into for this type of thing.

boxercrazy156 03-11-2013 06:21 PM

I have cut down the lights and upped my Exce,l the Excel is killing it its turned brown and died all over the tank I used flourish Comprehensive twice a week and haven't stopped that I noticed it was growing in my water sprite also

MoneyMitch 03-11-2013 07:50 PM

when u see it growing on the plants just means the plants arent growing fast enough and the algae is taking advantage of the nutrients. cut back some of your ferts and you should see the algae back off like i had stated in my earlyier reply

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