Green hair algae

Discussion in 'Algae' started by keifer905, Jan 7, 2011.

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  1. keifer905

    keifer905 Peppermint Shrimp

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    yea i have pulled so many fistfulls out ahhh the memories......
     
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  3. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

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    hang in there Keifer - its a battle that can be won IME

    algae fix marine API
    from my research most negatives are from fish and inverts
    but not in every case (conditions in peoples tanks vary and it may be a sum of various conditions and parameters which causes this affect for some users and as yet I have not seen any definite answers to this potential issue ) but as stated it works for many people
    and they have achieved erradication of GHA using it, without the issue of inverts or fish dying

    Im not advising you to do it or not to do it
    I am just letting you know , what my research has given me about this product

    methods to consider as alternative

    Phosphate is often the main fuel utilised by GHA and rocks that have accumulated sediment over a period of time will have absorbed a lot of phosphate and the GHA is perfect for removing and utilising this nutrient

    GFO is used, can remove phosphate from the water column, but it cant get at Phosphate locked up in the rockwork

    if you continually remove the GHA manually and at the same time run GFO any phosphate released by the algae as you cut it back, will be absorbed by the GFO
    at the same time increase your maintenance to include a blasting of the rock work with a power head to remove as much detrius from them and then filter this away or syphon it out with a water change and this reduces your future phosphate and nitrate potential

    once the GHA has used up the phosphate being held in the rock, and you have manually removed it, and also removed the future potential for it, you will have beaten it

    IME

    Steve
     
  4. loneracer05

    loneracer05 Clown Trigger

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    Wise words steve...don't give up yet this battle can be won.just keep pulln that gha out and if u use prefilters clean them as well this made a huge difference in my tank
     
  5. tank1970

    tank1970 Bubble Tip Anemone

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    Been there - it was actually simple - GFO/Carbon - RO water - Refugium with cheto.

    Lawnmower benny and + 5 cuc.

    Took 30days - For me I am sure it was phosphates from the dead rock.
     
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    vegastyle Astrea Snail

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    I love my sea hare "Shrek". He hides after his night feeding and it's a contest of "Where's Waldo/Shrek" every morning with my wife !
     
  7. TROYBOY84

    TROYBOY84 Feather Duster

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    will it go away after it consumes the phosphates
     
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  9. rick36

    rick36 Plankton

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    i went with a mp 10 pusher a year ago in my 40 gallon and it made a huge difference. i was always told WATER FLOW is your friend. what do you have for pushers and main pump? also everyone is right, RO/DI water is the only stuff to use. i get mine at my local lfs
     
  10. yvr

    yvr Skunk Shrimp

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    Algae problems are usually caused by aquarium water with excess nutrients like phosphate, nitrates etc. In the long term you may have to examine how you care for your tank. There are some commercial dry foods also contain excess nutrients and other undesirable things like nitrates, phosphates etc so I strain/rinse my fresh/frozen foods before feeding my tank. You may want to consider feeding your fish less often. Also using RO/DI water and a high quality salt with little if any NO3, phosphates etc like Tropic Marin will really help too. Adding a phosphate remover, increasing flow in your tank, adjusting your tank's photo period or replacing old bulbs may help too.
     
  11. johnmaloney

    johnmaloney 3reef Sponsor

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    and the thread rises from the dead.....wonder where the tank is now that enough time has passed...