green and brown hair algae

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  1. Rids

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    hi everyone
    please need help with green and brown hair algae :(
    tank parameters are fine
    its a 120 litre aquaria tank
    mostly on the back and on rocks
    need a quick fix :(
    please please thanks :thumbup:
     
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    How long has the Tank been running...? You still busy with "cycling"..?
     
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    no
    been 5 months now
     
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    I siphoning out as much algae as I could and also manually pulled mine off, then also scrubbled my Rocks a few times...reduced my phosphates and nitrates...done more water changes..added more flow to help with detritus and upped my Water Parameters to the "higher end" of the scale..also check the TDS Reading of you'r RO water..and make sure you'r Lighting doesn't need replacing..

    This isn't the quick fix Version..:p
     
  6. Fraser W

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    i think the best way to get rid of GHA is to manually pull out most of what you can grab, and keep a routine as soon as it grows enough pull out more.. doesnt take too ling
    reduce feeding and lighting hours , or to use a product that will reduce nutrients in the water like no pox from rea sea but this method will still take some time 1 week - 3 weeks

    no quick fix
     
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    thanks
    what the best fish or snail or crab etc to get for removal of gha
     
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    i think hermits are quite good at eating algae, some turbo snails, a sea urchin also a lawnmower blenny..there ae alot of animals that eat different types of algae google search will be th best
     
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    What animals do you have in your tank that eat hair algae? Turbo snails, urchins, tangs and lawn mover blennies are good algal grazers.
     
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    also wasses or other herbivor preditors (pod eaters)?
     
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    try organize some cheto from someone (pet shops won't sell it) .. I found it works great and its really inexpensive. do you over feed your fish? maybe there too many nutrients in the water ... another way would be NOPOX from Rea Sea.
     
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    Lawnmower blenny,also check your RO water.I had a similar problem just to find out the LFS RO water TDS reading were way of the charts...
     
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    Get yourself an emerald crab, I have found they are much more effective than hermits on green hair algae and fascinating to watch
     
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    i have six in my 1.2 they are the best
     
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    urchins are also good
     
  16. Rids

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    i added a turbo and pyramid snail .seem to be doing good job slowly
     
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    I had no herbivores in my DT and the algea grew out of control. Since the tuxedo urchin, scopes tang and snails have been added, the DT look much better. The urchin seems to be doing the best job of eating algea. Just remember to do a few extra water changes when the algea cuc have been added, the more they eat them more they poop.
     
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    Emerald crabs are excellent algae eaters
     
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    If only there was one for each issue we have with our salt boxes.

    I had GHA and put in emeral crabs and turbos and after a few weeks i can see they are working now with loads of manual removal .
     
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    Agreed, they work well.

    I have never seen a hermit crab or lawnmower blenny eat GHA, nor my foxface or sailfin tang. They only eat the short algae types, not the long GHA strands, from what I've seen.
     
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