Tuft of hair algae

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  1. Paul B

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    Hair algae is something that scares a lot of people and for good reason.
    I only have one place in my reef where I grow it on purpose.
    This was a string that I had tied to a coral that was at one time suspended from above the tank. I cut the string and let it unravel. It grew this tuft of hair algae in no time. I also collect amphipods like this, I cut a rope and unravel it. Then I hang it under my boat. It gets loaded with amphipods in a few days. This would alo house pods in a tank if I allowed it to rest on the substrait and is a good way to have a safe haven for them.
    I find this one piece of hair algae interesting so I leave it alone. I don't have any tangs at the moment and the algae bleeny is not interested so there it stays.
    Just felt like sharing
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    Did you cultivate it for a specific reason the very fist time...? You mention that you cut the string and let it unravel...so it's safe to assume you wanted hair algae..?
     
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    any tangs in the tank?
     
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    Just read the 40yr old Tank Thread..excellent...
     
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    What string do you use for this? Cotton?

    BTW, I have to agree with @belindamotion ... Awesome tank!!!
     
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    It's some type of cheap string but cotton will work. It will rot eventually though.
    I know that in my tank hair algae will grow on string or if the end of a coral tip dies because my algae trough is full of hair algae. I want the stuff to grow profusely, it is the best water purifier, but you have to get it to grow only where you want it to grow and not where it wants to grow.
    I am going away for a couple of days and will discuss this then.
    Have a great weekend.
    Paul
     
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    Shot Paul!

    Enjoy your weekend!
     
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