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Hair algae problem.. I am realy frustrated with it....
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Darthvadersmom
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PostPosted: 2003.12.08(Mon)2:29    Post subject: Hair algae problem.. I am realy frustrated with it.... Reply with quote

Hair algae is a big problem in my tank now. DAMN IT.. WHy does it has to happen to me? ANYone recommend any specific type of crabs, shrimps, snail, that eats those anoying hair algae that grow on my rock and block my coral pieces??? I have 2 hermit crabs, and one fire shrimps ( that never comes out) and one pepermint shrimp. and they are not eating any of the hair algae. so I need something that get rid of hair algae and also reef safe.. If you know of any please tell me. THank you for your Idea....
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PostPosted: 2003.12.08(Mon)9:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check your phosphate levels.
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PostPosted: 2003.12.08(Mon)16:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

how old is your tank?, I always had alittle patch or hair on a rock and my algae blenny does a good job of keeping it in check
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PostPosted: 2003.12.10(Wed)1:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hair algae the evilest of them all. I have had a bad experience with the stuff. my lfs told me that it was regular to have it growing in the tank so it grew unchecked. then I woke up one morning and I had lost 3 damsels, a coral beauty and a shrimp! I then made the investment for a skimmer and it all cleared up.
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Darthvadersmom
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PostPosted: 2003.12.10(Wed)1:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

one tank is about 4 months.. and one is 2 months.. roughly.... I solved my hair alge problem by buying some sally foot crabs... thanks for helping me.
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PostPosted: 2003.12.10(Wed)1:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do have a protein skimmer running about 20 h a day
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PostPosted: 2003.12.16(Tue)9:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep your skimmer running, trochus snails will eat it also. But how often do you do water changes? Making water changes more often but smaller ones will help.
Also what are your readings? nitrates, phosphates, silicates?
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PostPosted: 2003.12.22(Mon)1:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found a new way to get rid of Hair algae. IT is very efficent and cost efficient too. SALLY LIGHT FOOT. I went to the store and bought one for each tank. and OMG 2 days later there was no new sign of hair algae growing. I have the crab for about 1 week now and most of the hair algeas are gone.
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PostPosted: 2003.12.22(Mon)19:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

they do a great job but as they get bigger say around 3 inches they have been known to hunt down and eat other inverts as well as small fish
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PostPosted: 2003.12.23(Tue)5:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had a large sally light foot for a year and a half now. I have never seen it attack or kill other tankmates(He is well fed though). I have a couple very small gobies in my reef tank that he could easily eat. He hasn't bothered them once or any of my shrimp.


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