Red "Hair" Algae?

Discussion in 'Nuisance Algae' started by ThaneF, 21 Jan 2011.

  1. ThaneF

    ThaneF

    Joined:
    10 Jul 2010
    Posts:
    165
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hi all,

    I have this algae in my tank and I just don't know what it is and how to get rid of it. All of my parameters are correct so I've given up trying to work it out my self and ask the experts... what the :censored: is this and how do I kick it's a$$?

    [​IMG]

    I have tried to find info on MASA but I haven't had any luck.
    Any/all questions welcome and suggestions please

    Thanks is advance
     
  2. AdS Guest




    to hide all adverts.
  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    16,803
    Likes Received:
    588
    Location:
    Sandton
    have u tested for silicates?
    RHA is a pain to remove, and until the source is found it will come back
     
  4. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    16,803
    Likes Received:
    588
    Location:
    Sandton
    is it filamentous? or spongey? to the touch
     
  5. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    16,803
    Likes Received:
    588
    Location:
    Sandton
  6. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    16,803
    Likes Received:
    588
    Location:
    Sandton
    basically remove what you can, and get mexican turbo snails
     
  7. OP
    ThaneF

    ThaneF

    Joined:
    10 Jul 2010
    Posts:
    165
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hi dallasg,

    No, I haven't tested for "silicates" - didn't even know there was such a thing, what would cause "silicates" typically?
    It's filamentous, not spongey at all - so was red hair algae the correct diagnosis on my side?
     
  8. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    4 May 2007
    Posts:
    28,398
    Likes Received:
    897
    Common name is cotton wool candy or something like that, Mexican Turbo snails eat it.
     
  9. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    16,803
    Likes Received:
    588
    Location:
    Sandton
    yip, that link has all the info about it...
    need to get some turbo snails
     
  10. crispin

    crispin

    Joined:
    22 Jan 2008
    Posts:
    12,223
    Likes Received:
    160
    Location:
    Lilliehammer, Norway
    i have a feeling scopas tang or a convict might eat, but not certain
     
  11. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    16,803
    Likes Received:
    588
    Location:
    Sandton
    only the mexican snail, even on RC they trying to see which fish, but none so far
    some nudi's do
     
  12. OP
    ThaneF

    ThaneF

    Joined:
    10 Jul 2010
    Posts:
    165
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks all, going to try and source the mexican turbo snail now... will keep you updated
     
  13. Apollo

    Apollo

    Joined:
    25 Sep 2008
    Posts:
    1,123
    Likes Received:
    71
    Location:
    Fourways
  14. OP
    ThaneF

    ThaneF

    Joined:
    10 Jul 2010
    Posts:
    165
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hi Apollo,

    Thanks, that really is a great offer - let me see if I can source a few first and if I can't can I come back to you... I don't want to remove your clean up (algae) crew from your nano - it's looking great!!
     
  15. Apollo

    Apollo

    Joined:
    25 Sep 2008
    Posts:
    1,123
    Likes Received:
    71
    Location:
    Fourways
    Thanks ThaneF,

    No worries. I have a few snails , so the Mexican won't be missed.
    Not sure what area you are in , but for Mexican T's you can try Idol Marine.
    Otherwise , I think Dorry Pets had some a while ago .
     
  16. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    4 May 2007
    Posts:
    28,398
    Likes Received:
    897
    Don't get too many, depending on your tank size and the amount of algae you may only need one.
     
  17. lIghty

    lIghty

    Joined:
    3 Nov 2007
    Posts:
    5,053
    Likes Received:
    52
    Location:
    Westville, Durban
    I'm also having a slight problem with this, it's like red velvet.

    Where can I get a Mexican snail from, and are they compatible with the local guys?
     
  18. OP
    ThaneF

    ThaneF

    Joined:
    10 Jul 2010
    Posts:
    165
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hi Viper, I have a 130L nano, do you think that one is enough? Can someone post a pic of a 'true' Mexican turbo as I do have two turbo's at the moment but I don't think that they are turbo's. Time to do a sponsor request.
     
  19. Bob the (reef)builder

    Bob the (reef)builder

    Joined:
    7 May 2007
    Posts:
    1,782
    Likes Received:
    32
    Location:
    Joburg
    [​IMG]

    There you go. Not the typical turbo shape. They're great and they eat most algaes so they won't starve once they clear up the red algae.
     
  20. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    4 May 2007
    Posts:
    28,398
    Likes Received:
    897
    Seeing as you've already got 2 turbo's I would suggest just get one Mexican for now and see how it goes, if it can't keep up then add another one. You don't want to add too many snails as they may starve if there is insufficient algae for them to eat.
     
  21. Sammy

    Sammy

    Joined:
    19 Apr 2008
    Posts:
    1,191
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Tokai, Cape Town
    any results from adding the Mexican, anyone know where I can get hold of them now in CT, I'm starting to see some of this red :eek: starting to grow in my tank
     
Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - Hair Algae Forum Date
Green Hair Algae Advanced Topics 13 Nov 2016
Hair algae General Discussions and Advice 17 Oct 2016
Hair algae everywhere General Discussions and Advice 2 Oct 2016
Green hair algae Beginner Discussions 13 Dec 2015
Red algae, brown algae and hair algae Nuisance Algae 21 Aug 2015
Bryopsis/Green hair Algae Nuisance Algae 20 Jul 2015
Does your Foxface eat Hair Algae? General Discussions and Advice 22 Jul 2014