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Ongoing issue with hair algae

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Over feeding: feed twice a day, morning and night. Rarely does any get to the floor of tank. Even if it did I have 4 feather fin synodontis that clear it up and a nice Malaysian snail population to clean up what's left. I also feed one to two algae tablets every other day.

To much light: my lighting is on for ten hours a day I have two tubes one for fish colour and one for plant growth, unfortunately they both come on and go off together, would of been nice to be separate. Maybe replace plant bulb for a small while but what about rest of plants. Blackout tank for a couple of days maybe this will help.

Use of fertiliser: I've been using Tetra Plantamin Plant Fertiliser maybe I should try Seachem Flourish comprehensive instead.

I tried using interpret anti hair algae and have removed the filters suggested by it. I've used two of the four suggested dosages but after each use I lost a fish. So not sure if I want to try another dose not that it seems to have had any effect.

Any and all help would be appreciated.

Oh my water is spot on, a trace of nitrate, no ammonia and no nitrite. pH 6.6-7.0
 

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My algae problem reduced significantly when I started turning the light off in the middle of the day for a while. My light cycle now is on at 8, off at 11, back on at 1, off again at 3:30. I also feed only once a day. My plants are all low light tolerant, though.
 

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Not the best way to tackle your problem.... I say constant light at 8 hours a day to start, plants and fish need that or you will stress them. Second if you decide to invest in seachem get both flourish and excel (use as directed and apply with a dropper or syringe). Seachem products knocked out a massive algae problem for me (black beard). Secondly dont add anti algae chemicals to your tank unfortunately you found that out first hand. Co2 will be the answer here, options are seachem flourish excel or a co2 rig. Last thing is your feeding algae pellets in a planted tank, a big no no in my opinion. You have to find something else or go threw the process of sucking out any left overs.
 

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I think you're just overfeeding.

But that's my .02

What I would do is kill the lights and stop adding food. Hair algae should die off in a week. then resume with less feeding and light and adjust. less if hair algae comes back more if no.

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Not the best way to tackle your problem.... I say constant light at 8 hours a day to start, plants and fish need that or you will stress them. Second if you decide to invest in seachem get both flourish and excel (use as directed and apply with a dropper or syringe). Seachem products knocked out a massive algae problem for me (black beard). Secondly dont add anti algae chemicals to your tank unfortunately you found that out first hand. Co2 will be the answer here, options are seachem flourish excel or a co2 rig. Last thing is your feeding algae pellets in a planted tank, a big no no in my opinion. You have to find something else or go threw the process of sucking out any left overs.
I have changed my feeding pattern and I have a co2 system(not installed yet) just waiting for a drop checker and also a solenoid so I can control the co2 input.
 

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I think you're just overfeeding.
I don't feed much my fish eat all food before it reaches the bottom of the tank. The only thing that gets to the bottom is an algae flake which goes in every other day but nothing is ever left of it first my ram and gourami start on it then the bristle nose moves in and finally my featherfin squeakers and snails finish it off.
 

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ya there is alot of waiste from those algae pellets even so, haha its just loaded with tiny particles that go everywhere... You might want to switch to sinking shrimp pellets till you get this under control... Assuming this is green hair algae the co2 and 8 hours of light a day should wipe it out fast..... Blackouts will help but not as much as co2...... I have a thread on here about blackbeard algae, long story short I used seachem flourish excel (aka co2) and now there is no trace left
 
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