Green hair algea

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  1. Pete

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    Hi all have just noticed some green hair algea growing on some of my rocks. How can I stop this before it gets out of hand dont want to pack the rock work out again the wife will kill me if I mess anymore water on her carpets.Have not changed feeding habits Phos between 0 and 0.25 nitrates on 20 what else you need to know just ask
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i had a terrible Hair algea problem on my system for over 10 months,this is what i did and i managed to stop it in a matter of 2-3 weeks.
    i had Chaetomorpha in my sump and all i did was just let it grow (ie no trimming) so every bit of water that past through it was filtered and im pretty sure thats what killed it.i ran my lights my sump lights on a reverse photo period but for 14 hours a day.along with this was heavy skimming.

    you can try what i did aswell and add in some po4 remover.put a stop to it now befor it gets out of hand :)
     
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    Thanks Makaeel i would love to put some chat in my system but dont have a sump as it is a boyu tl-550
     
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    then i guess po4 absorbers will be your best bet.if its just a few rocks that are infected,cook the rock ;)
     
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    And a devorce paper is alwas good(your going to spill water)
     
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    Thanks Guys I think I'll go and get the devorce papers for her.Hehehe:lol:
     
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    Pete - I would go the phosphate remover route first. Just remember that this takes around 2 or 3 months (possibly much less in your nano system). THEN, if you still have GHA, and you then want to, remove your live rock, place it in a dark container with a power-head, and leave there for another 6-8 weeks. This is nearly guaranteed to resolve your problems!
     
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    Thank jacquesb will try the Phos remover first
     
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    Get a algae blenny (lawnmower). They are hair algae machines - goto love'em, goto hav'em.;) Worked for me!
     
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    i also had one:(
     
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    What happened?
     
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    he died 2 weeks ago, i had him for more than 2 years:(
    every time when i placed my hand in the water he swam on sat on my hand asking me to pet him. i could take him out of the water and place him back in, without reaching for him(punk said he wont do it 3 times in a row.....haha he did)
    miss him very very much

    i didn't have enough algae in my tank to feed him and he didn't want to take nori.
    he became thinner and thiner and thinner, so i added him to the mantis tank, but that didn't help.
     
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    still feel for you lanzo!

    you were very lucky to have a fishie like that!maybe get another one and learn him the same tricks.sorry buddy!
     
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    Really sorry to hear that, Lanzo...
     
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    Sorry to hear man, I can just imagine how you feel. My shrimp died a few days ago and it felt like I lost a dog(had him for over a year - also on my hand always). Luckily my blenny chows nori also.:thumbup:

    PS: sorry for jacking the thread mods...
     
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    why didn't u give the blenny to me lanzo? i had tons of algae for that guy. shame! soz to hear about it. i checked him climb onto your hand! wicked cool:thumbup:
     
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    i thought he would recover in the mantis tank, if i new what i know now, i would have given him to you.
     
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    sorry to hear Lanzo,sounds like your fish really had a good character.
    everytime i feed my fish,my foxface will gulp food and then splash its tail,wetting me all over the face lol
     
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    :lol: thats cool, what his name, free willy?
     
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    brilliant,from now thats what im gonna call him.thanks for finding a name that suites him :lol:
     
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