Massive! Hair algae problem...

Discussion in 'Algae' started by nyvw, Apr 17, 2012.

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  1. brandon429

    brandon429 Fire Worm

    May 21, 2009
    Let me make a prediction on a future article from someone

    This thing about people testing low or no phosphates/nitrates because algae is "sucking"it up-a fad, not true. The tanks simply have low to no nutrients and still feature algae. we assume you have to be able to detect nutrients on hobby grade test kits to have algae problems, you don't.

    There are many articles online about the ocean having invasive macro algae/turf algae and cyano problems simply due to the absence of grazers, phosphates not elevated

    You know how corals still sequester enough nutrient to thrive in tanks with low nutrients? So can algae of any genus

    It boggles the mind to have phosphates under control and still get cyano/diatom/algae problems, so we make up the statement that algae is using it up even though the dry weight mass of algae from a problem tank pales in comparison to the smallest daily feeding...

    Phosphate management is over hyped and not a stand alone method of consistent algae control, watch and see!

    The majority of the time, you just remove it and interrupt the reproductive cycle and the organism goes away, independent of water params. I can see how tanks that are uniquely over the scales on phosphate could benefit from control, but its way over prescribed, sometimes at the expense of corals that are bleached etc...