Hair algae help plz

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  1. Muhammad Dawood

    Muhammad Dawood MASA Contributor

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    Hi guys

    My son's 50L nano has a serious hair algae problem
    It's growing like grass on the rocks
    I realise that the tank is too small to add a tang
    Any other options or suggestions please?
     
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    how old is the tank? has it cycled properly?
     
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    if yes on the second question you can add a mower blenny (Salarias fasciatus)
     
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    Its about 8 months old
    4 fish n many mushrooms
    Ok will look for a lawnmower blenny
     
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    what fish do you have?
     
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    2 nemo clowns
    1 chromis
    1 dotty back

    Cleaner shrimp
    2 snails
     
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    your tank its fully stocked now... actually over stocked. adding another fish can be a problem
     
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    Ok
    They really small though

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    Then siphon out the loose stuff with a large water change.
     
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    cool looking tank mate.
     
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    Thanks
     
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    Nope, toothbrush won't help
    Its growing out of the rocks
    I cant even pull it out
    I need something to chow it and look after it
     
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    Try it, you'll be surprised how effective it is.
     
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    Ok
    Ill give it a shot
     
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    awesome tank. I guess the mower blenny is a good option for you then. only problem is that they won't eat the hard stuff only the the real soft algae
     
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    Tuxedo urchin, they do n great job taking care of algae.
     
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    To manually remove this algae you may pull it, tooth brush it or scrub it off the rock easily. This may work better if the rock is out of the water.

    To remove this algae using a clean up crew you may use hermit crabs, turbograzers, sea hares, emerald crabs and urchins. Yet even with a clean up crew it may grow back fast.

    You may now try to identify problems that may cause this algae in the first place, hereby you may be able to prevent it rather than cure it.

    Problems such as phosphates, nitrates, iron and potassium can make this algae grow. RO water for top up is a must.

    Your best bet to preventing this algae from taking over is to maintain weekly water changes, apply good husbandry on your filtration and perform manual/natural algae removal as it grows.

    magnesium and alkalinity levels that are in check may discourage green hair algae.

    To starve the algae is another option, do this by using filter media in a bag or phosban reactor or a macroalgae like chaeto to reduce nutrients. Increase the frequency of your water change routine, taking the opportunity to siphon out as much hair algae as you can each time.

    Old light tubes tend to drift towards the red spectrum, and fuel the growth of hair algae so consider replacing them if they are old.
     
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    get a mexican turbo snail
     
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    Go talk to your lfs and arrange to rent a sea hare. What I mean is you pay the full price. Put it in your tank and when it has mowed everything in sight return it to petshop for whatever credit they will give you ( 50 percent usually) ps I have done this before too
     
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    I have never seen sea hares in this place of EL.
     
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