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#2006 12/19/02 09:29 AM
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Help!!

I am having a serious hair algae problem. I've tried removing most of the algae and treating it with an algae killer and it is still growing mad. Can anyone help?


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#2007 12/19/02 05:50 PM
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You might try treating the water to reduce whatever nutrients are causing the problem. I have very rich well water and algae grows quickly for me too, brown algae--blech. SeaChem has a line of chemicals you can use that are safe for your fish--the one for me reduces phosphates, but you could call your local Petsmart and see if they can do a water test to help determine the root of the problem, chemically speaking. They could then sell you the products to fix it <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> (I know Petsmart does water testing, but you could ask around at other stores too.)

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Great advice, from the FL&UL host <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Generally, algaes love to bloom when nutrients are plentiful in the tank; specifically nitrates and phosphates (in the fishtank, the large majority of these compounds come from fish waste and any decomposition of food scraps/dying plants). Lighting is of course another stimulator, but unlike other aquatic plants, algaes grow even under minimal lighting. For unicellular algae problems, limiting feeding, more frequent water changes, and using products which "soak up" excess nutrients (phosphate sponges or Purigen bio-beads, for instance) are usually enough to control spread (I do not recommend use of algacides, which may interfere with biofiltration)

In your case though, hair algae is even more tricky and needs really aggressive treatment... meaning you need to manually cut and remove as much as you can find. This stuff is very tenaceous and difficult to get rid of once it takes off, so catching it early is key. It may even mean pruning a lot of leaves if you have live plants. Over time, more frequent water changes and watching stocking levels of the tank will improve it just as with other algaes, but this is not a quick process. For really extreme cases where nothing seems to help, careful soaks of objects in a separate bin of bleach (followed by a wash in clean water afterwards to remove residue) will do the trick (this must be done quickly for live plants to avoid killing them).

Here are some other tips from the Algae FAQ at TheKrib.com:

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