*@#!&^%^#$ green hair! at end of my rope!

Discussion in 'Algae' started by ragc, Apr 16, 2006.

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What should I do with my tank?

  1. Boil it in muriatic acid

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  2. throw it out the window

    3.7%
  3. make it into a green hair algae habitat tank

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  4. patiently wait and continue all the control measures

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  1. ragc

    ragc Bristle Worm

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    Thanks for the karma, Covey, and for being observant. The nudibranch is something new to me... How would one do in my small tank? I have plenty snails and they thrive (and reproduce). I assume it will be more effective due to it's larger size?
     
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  3. acenia

    acenia Spaghetti Worm

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    you could also go with a sea hare they do a great job with hair algae !!
     
  4. giopimentel

    giopimentel Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Do you have a fuge? I had some trouble with algae mostly because of direct sunlight that I couldn't help, but with the new plants in the fuge I rarely have to clean my glass and the water looks sooooooo much clearer. I suggest if you have room for even a 10 gallon fuge it will help.
     
  5. Black_Raven

    Black_Raven Scooter Blennie

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    If its briopsis which is tough and coarse like a brillo pad then you will have to just keep pulling it off and maybe scrub the rock. It actually grows into the rock. If its hair algae, then try an emerald crab. Bicolor blennies will eat it to and they stay small.
     
  6. ragc

    ragc Bristle Worm

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    Just hair...I have an emerald. He won't touch it! Been thinking of making the sump of my Skilter a fuge. It's big enough and I would only add light. My tank is heavily planted, though. You would think that the caulerpa would take all the nutrients. It grows aggressively.
     
  7. Covey

    Covey Scooter Blennie

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    You might try one of the smaller urchins too. They have their drawbacks mainly knocking stuff over and eating your coraline but I have 3 hairy pincushion urchins and they are the best thing I ever found for eating hair algae.

    The lettuce nudibrachs stay small and eats almost exclusively hair algae but only certain species of algae. I had gotten two for my tank at one point and they did nothing for my green hair algae but yours looks different than mine.

    What does your algae feel like?
     
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  9. ragc

    ragc Bristle Worm

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    I do have a pencil urchin. He doesn't do the hair algae.

    It's slimy to the touch when out of the water. It is pretty strong in tensile strenght. I can lift big rocks pulling on it, and it will not break.
     
  10. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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  11. JohnO

    JohnO Moderator

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    ragc

    Without wanting to start a "war". Do you have a DSB?

    Also how often are you doing water changes? I would suggest that if the water parameters you quote are correct that you slow up on the water changes ( why change something that is OK for something that is unknown ) for a month, keep mechanically removing the algae ( GENTLEY ) and do nothing else for a while

    John :)
     
  12. fletch

    fletch Kole Tang

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    Well I can't believe I am doing this, But I am going to have to agree with John,:hehe: Just kidding John :hehe: IMO Good advice;) ;D John