green hair algae removal

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  1. King_Triton

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    hey peeps :)

    need some help with this, I just bought a polyp rock with some nice blue mushrooms on it, but the rock has some green hair algae on it. its not thick, but i dont wanna take any chances... so can you well experienced people tell me how I can totally remove it from the rock without causing any harm to the mushrooms or polyps. I wouldnt normally add a rock with algae, but i got this at a real real good deal.

    Thanks in advance for the help guys:thumbup:
     
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    I'm not one of those experienced people but I had the same problem and the guys at my lfs said I can use emerald craps and that sure did resolve my problem ;)
     
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    Go buy a bottle of hydrogen peroxide from any chemist. Suck it up with a large syringe.
    Completely take the rock out of the water& place on a plate. Then slowly spray the HP over all the algae bases taking care not to get any on the mushrooms. Make aure you completely soak the algae strands.
    Repeat this once a week until its gone. (Should be 2-3 weeks)
     
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    Thanks for the response Cassie... yeah i know they do help.

    I'm actually looking for a "prevention better than cure" method. I bought the rock today, and my tank is algae free, so looking for a way to get the algae off the rock before adding it into the tank, without harming the polyps or mushrooms on the rock.
     
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    Awesome... do I need to dip the rock in some water before putting it back into the tank so that the HP doesnt get into the tank? My system has really low nutrients so i'm hoping it will be less than that time to remove from this one piece of rock. just hoping in that time the algae doesnt spread :(
     
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    Cool bud ;) Then I think Visser has a brilliant plan there
     
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    There isnt any "instant removal" cure for algae. Its either hydrogen peroxide which kills the algae instantly, but might leave some roots which is why you should repeat after a week... Or boiling water which doesnt always work, & might kill the corals if they accidentally get on them (HP wont kill corals if it accidentally drips on it, & you can simply wash it off.)
     
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    If your tank is algae free it probably means your nutrients are in check, to add a rock with some algae on cant just start an algae bloom, you need nutrients for algae to grow. So, if your tank's nutrients are in check there is no reason why this algae will increase substantially. It will most probably just slowly die off anyway.

    There is also no way that you would be manually able to kill of all strands anyway without killing everything on the rock.
     
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    No need to rinse the rock after treating as HP is simply H2O with an extra O(oxygen) molecule.
    As soon as the HP reacts with something, it releases the oxygen molecule & only water remains.
     
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    Thanks guys. Really appreciate the info. Thats why you gotta love MASA :thumbup:
     
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    :thumbup:
     
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    What is the strength of hydrogen peroxide that U used @Visser
     
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    You can use the max strength you can get! As long as you make sure it doesnt touch the coral directly!
    If i remember correctly @JacoD01, i used 15/20%
     
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    Thanks Visser. I have tried the 10%, but it does not have a adverse effect on the GHA. Just bleach them a bit. Will definitely have to up my game:eek:
     
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    will hydrogen peroxide also have an effect on those nasty aiptasia anemones?

    thanks guys
     
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    Yes, it works wonder on aptasia, but you have to inject it into them with a small needle!
    Kills it instantly!
     
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    Hey guys, the hp works well on the gha. Just used it once on the rock, and my hermits did the rest. 2 days later it's algae free:)
     
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    Now to solve the cause :)
     
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    Lol, well I did tell the guy at the lfs to look at his water parameters. Went back there last week, and saw that he had emptied out the tanks and cleaned them up. I thinks his about to start a new cycle
     
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