Fluval u2, u3, u4 filters and hair algae?
A friend of mine has a fluval u3 in her tank, and suffers tremendous amounts of hair algae growing all over the plants and the front of the tank.
I recently got a u3 for my main tank, and a u2 for my frog tank. In my main tank I have started getting hair algae growing on the front of the tank, easy to clean with a scraper, but it has started growing on one of my plants, only my red ivy (the same plant that died from hair algae in my friends tank also).
What's the deal? I have never had a hair algae issue with my tank at all until I got my fluval u3 established.
Could it be something to do with the media inside the filter?
Anyone have the same issues?
Algae hair is related to duration of light, not the filter. I added a fluval 305 and had no problems with algae hair, but added another light to help plant growth. After adding the additional light I got the "hair" on my plants. I cut back my lighting by 2 hours (I had it on for 11 hrs daily) pulled off the leaves that had it on them, and also began treating with Seachem Excel fert, in addition to the use of Flourish Comprehensive I've been using now for many months. I have no algae hair growth, and see no algae ever, but I have those fantastic Oto fish, and they are busy workers :) Best of luck.
+1 with what Gwen said. I just got over a good bout of the stuff. It took over my driftwood and about 1/3 of my plants. I cut back ambient light in the room by keeping the shades down where the light would fall on the tank during the day.
I started using Excel at half dosing strength just because I had no experience with it but it has worked wonders.
I got rid of my hair algae by increasing the flow in my tank by adding a powerhead in addition to the HOB filter and I stopped dosing additional Fe above what is included in the CSM+B. Not sure which did the most to take care of the problem since I did both at the same time but one or both did the trick.
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