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Hair algae outbreak


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So after cycling my tank. I had a huge outbreak in hair algae. I was using fish less so ammonia likely contributed.

I also from hitchhiker have what appear to be pond snails exploding in population. I don't really kind the snails but mention in the event there is something I should be concerned with. Do they eat the algae?

At this time I do not have shrimp but will in a few weeks. There is fish in there but they are moving soon. I do not use ferts or co2 or excel.

Plants are lots of moss, Val's, anubias, water sprite, elodia

The light is powerful and I have cutback to 8 hours.

Parameters

Ph 6.5

Temp 71

No ammonia , nitrite, or nitrates

TDS 148

Thoughts on best way to control hair algae?

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For some reason my tanks always have an outbreak at the end of or just after the cycle has ended. I tried a lot of things to get rid of it and they all had varying degrees of success but on the last 3 tanks I cycled I used seachem Phosguard (on 2) and chemi-pure elite (on 1) which leads me to believe (in my case at least) that the algae was due to higher levels of phosphates or silicates. Also in my experience the snails don't do much for hair algae, they might eat some of the new growth but they don't seem to eliminate it, I have MTS and ramshorns in all of my tanks.

In my cases I would get rid of the silicates and phosphates and once the moss and other plants started to take off I didn't need the products anymore

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It's a 9 gallon Eheim aquastyle which is 14x12x12. The light is probably 6" from the water and the substrate is 3". The light is a 7w LED with 81 diodes. It's bright if u ask me.

There is a way to raise the light higher but I would need to move tank. It's under kitchen counter and the light is touching cabinet above.

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Check out Home Depot or a similar hardware store. I have a two-prong timer that is no more than a few cubic inches, and it was cheap, too. If you look hard enough, I think you can find one that works.

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i have used flourish excel to kill any hair algae and it has worked for both bba and green hair (recently)  i would suggest going ahead and dosing it for a week or so and it should kill it, but after that i would do a large water change...also go ahead and dose it before you add the shrimp to be on the safe side...i have done small doses with shrimp in tank with success and no losses as well...

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