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sea hair

Discussion in 'Inverts and other Marine Animals' started by cremer9, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. cremer9

    cremer9 Prawn

    Been fighting some hair algae does any one have a sea hair i can use to clean this nano up should not take but a couple weeks


  2. zombie

    zombie Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    Nothing will eat hair algae once it it gets long, so a sea hair will not solve the problem. You need to manually remove what you can and perform frequent large water changes (25% weekly) to get your nitrates and phosphates down. You also need to find the source of your high nutrients (likely overfeeding) and stop it at the source.

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  3. jda123

    jda123 Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    Take a photo. There are some things that will totally eat any kind of hair algae, but it might be tough in a nano. First thing is to find out which kind of algae that it is.
  4. quackenbush

    quackenbush Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Hopping on this thread, I've had a hair algae problem recently after successfully battling a dino outbreak. Long story but tank is low nutrient sps dominant mixed reef and I was probably overfeeding with oyster eggs and then stopped carbon dosing cold turkey and the dinos came (big mistake when I switched from kalk/vinegar to CaRx). Dinos taken care of and hair algae is present. Phosphates are now under control. Doing some physical removal and just hoping it will die back over time now that everything has stabilized.

    Any thoughts here?
  5. zombie

    zombie Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    Most likely. Algae control is all about keeping nitrates and phosphates low enough so it cant grow faster than your CUC can eat it and making sure your flow has no dead spots that algae can flourish. Just give any long patches a regular haircut so snails and herbivores will eat it and it should die down. If it's just in a couple spots and not taking over the tank, those areas might need more flow, so adjusting your powerhead placement and or intensity can help.

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  6. asn-naso

    asn-naso Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    If you need extra CUC, I have a ton of snails and crabs from my tank break down for sale.
  7. jda123

    jda123 Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    Lettuce Nudibranch might be better than a sea hare in a small tank.
  8. flagg37

    flagg37 Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    When I researched the species the sources I found said it preferred briopsys. Mine also kept getting caught in the pumps. I couldn’t cover them in a way to keep it out of them. That’s what ended up killing her.

    I’ve had high no3 (20-40 range) with no algae issues but once my po4 crept up (above about 0.15) then I would see it. As others have said, it’s best to manually remove as much as you can and feed less (LRS and other frozen foods tend to be lower in phosphates than pellets). Other options to help are to start gfo (or other po4 removal media) if you haven’t already, shorten photoperiod of display lights or lessen intensity, lengthen the photoperiod of the refugium light or increase intensity (if you have one).

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