What eats green hair algae?

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

  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

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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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    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..

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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?
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    ThirstyDuck Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    My Kole Tang takes care of mine.
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    MTips18 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    i've seen, at least in a few tanks, nothing seems to touch it after about a 1/4 inch, you have to get in there your self at that point and trim it down
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    fishcrazy Astrea Snail

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    I have four tangs- clown, yellow, powered brown, and naso- none of them will touch it. My turbos and blue legged crabs help out though
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    Any chance you can post a picture of this "green hair algae"?
  17. sterling

    sterling Peppermint Shrimp

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    Alright so this is the GHA that im talking about. Im pretty sure you can see it on the grass; hopefully this works.
    I really want to get a grip on the algae before it takes over, if you know what i mean.

    Heres a list of what i got:
    CUC:
    - 12 turbo snails
    - 3 XLARGE turbo snails
    - 5 hermit crabs

    britsletooth tang
    maroon
    banggai cardinal
    flame hawkfish

    Im certain that I have to increase my cleanup crew but I dont know what is best to buy, also considering I have this breakout of GHA.

    What do the xprts suggest?

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  18. CuddleFish

    CuddleFish Astrea Snail

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    I've read that it'd best to just remove it yourself, Not entirely sure how long it is in your tank but seems like it would be a good remedy.
  19. {Nano}Reefer

    {Nano}Reefer Dragon Wrasse

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    that kind of looks like briopsis to me...
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  21. sterling

    sterling Peppermint Shrimp

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    Well its about 2-3mm in length on the glass.
  22. chulls

    chulls Plankton

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    I recently added a rabbitfish to my mix and with my cowrie the hair is getting mowed down big time. I'f I could only get rid of the tiny green menace I'd be a happy guy.
  23. crazytang

    crazytang Plankton

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    Get a couple turbos sterling. My GHA went down, down down after I got 3 giant turbos on sale at my LFS.
  24. 10acrewoods

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    find some calupra but then you have to trim down the calupra. if you have a fuge then grow it in there and it will eat up the nutirents that the hair algae feeds on. sometimes it is better to fight fire with fire. then if you feal your calupra is getting out of hand then you can get a tang. But then it is a hit or miss if they will eat the algae. The again sometimes it is best to wait and do water changes. But things that might eat algae are chiltons tangs lettuce eating nudibranch hermit crabs(they are mostly pickers) ceirths turbos and astirias. good luck