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Green Hair Algae

Post by reileywatts on Tue 28 Feb 2012, 10:55 pm

Anyone have any suggestions on inverts or fish that eat green hair algae? I've read that Emerald Crabs like it.... any others?
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Re: Green Hair Algae

Post by ritter678 on Tue 28 Feb 2012, 11:59 pm

Get the phosphates out and the hair algae will follow. Got to get a skimmer on that tank, especially with a CBB that will have to be fed a lot. Make sure to use zero TDS water for water changes and top off. Skimming will remove excess proteins before they break down into waste (nitrates/phosphates). Some Gfo MAY be needed if skimming and manual removal doesn't get it out but I wouldn't go that route yet.

To answer your question...

Tangs, Blennys, sea hares, emerald crabs, foxface/rabbitfish, angels, snails, hermits, Not all of those are good suggestions for a reef tank, just livestock that will eat algae.

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Re: Green Hair Algae

Post by matt_longview on Wed 29 Feb 2012, 2:40 am

ritter678 wrote:Get the phosphates out and the hair algae will follow. Got to get a skimmer on that tank, especially with a CBB that will have to be fed a lot. Make sure to use zero TDS water for water changes and top off. Skimming will remove excess proteins before they break down into waste (nitrates/phosphates). Some Gfo MAY be needed if skimming and manual removal doesn't get it out but I wouldn't go that route yet.

To answer your question...

Tangs, Blennys, sea hares, emerald crabs, foxface/rabbitfish, angels, snails, hermits, Not all of those are good suggestions for a reef tank, just livestock that will eat algae.

+1 I said this same basic thing on another thread today. Hair algae isn't the disease, it's a symptom of it. Take out the phosphates. If you remove the hair algae, you'll remove what's keeping the phosphates low and risk fish/coral deaths.
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