What eats green hair algae?

Discussion in 'Algae' started by sterling, Feb 26, 2009.

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  1. sterling

    sterling Peppermint Shrimp

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    Hey everyone, Im starting to get some sort of green hair algae growth on my glass. It looks like really small blades of grass growing. I dont have a large clean up crew yet and im wondering which snails or crabs for that matter eat this sort of stuff. Are there any fish that eat it?
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  3. Peredhil

    Peredhil Giant Squid

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  4. szrazzt

    szrazzt Purple Spiny Lobster

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    Lawnmower blennies are great algae eaters. My emerald crab doesnt do that good a job but every one elses does so I dont know. My sally light foot crab is such a fast eater she looks like she is a crack addict.
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    coldshot Blue Ringed Angel

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    I have heard Lawnmower Blennies will take care of it...
  6. Screwtape

    Screwtape Tonozukai Fairy Wrasse

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    Turbo snails do a good job in my tank for most of the thinner types, there are some that they don't pay any attention to so it totally depends what you have exactly.
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    infamous Corkscrew Tentacle Anemone

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    Emerald crabs doa good job and also astrea snails if they get hungry enough
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    shipbear Bubble Tip Anemone

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    If you can have a sailfin tang in your tank.. Read up on them first..
    They do real good..

    Larry
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    missionsix Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I would steer clear from "algae eating" blennies. They often times starve. There's also an article out in one of the common aquarium mags. on "algae eating blennies" recently. The theory is that they are actually eating at detritus that builds up in the HA. Not actually targeting the HA but what's in it. Accidentally consuming the HA and other microfauna.
  11. sterling

    sterling Peppermint Shrimp

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    Well the green hair algae is growing pretty quick. My most recent addition was a beautiful striped bristletooth tang and it eats all my algaes, even some red cyano i have on a sponge -- actuallly saving the sponge. The tang doesn't eat the GHA though.
    I know my tank is not too big, but I have read about the long nose tangs eating GHA. What about a baby yellow tang? What are the chances that it will consume the GHA?
  12. ThirstyDuck

    ThirstyDuck Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    My Kole Tang takes care of mine.