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Shorten the light cycle, im battling hair algae after upgrading my tanks to the Finnex planted + fixtures. I have my lights on 8 hours a day with a one hour break in the middle. Then for extra measure I only run them every other day. It seems to be working well. Im also getting some floaters from Han thay are very fast growing. I saw first hand how well they control the algae in his PRL tank. Then im looking at getting some nerite snails. So a multi prong approach.

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Ive heard that both those shrimp help as well. I also hear the Amanos are escape artists. And about the DHG that I would just keep an eye on it and see how it looks, I only have low light mosses and Java ferns and they arent effected at all.

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I have my Finnex Planted+ on for four hours in the morning, then two and a half hours at night, with a lighting break in between. I half dose Flourish Excel daily, or every other day. Only slight green spot algae on the glass, and one or two patches of hair algae after about ten days. I scrape off the green spot algae, and pluck out the hair algae during water changes. Like RyeGuy noted, Amano shrimp will help, as well as floaters, and I have both Amano shrimp and Amazon frogbit. Dwarf hairgrass growth is slow, but I'd rather have slower growth than be constantly fighting algae.

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Be careful of the duckweed! It gets everywhere, and is hard to remove. I got rid of it only by tearing down the tank, and thoroughly rinsing all the things I would be reusing. The shrimp didn't mind the duckweed, though.

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My duck weed grows so fast I fill up gallon bags of it every week and feed it to my koi fish. I use my fingers to get it so I don't catch baby shrimp in the act

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I had some serious hair algae issues in my 12g tank  a few months back. My lighting is the Curent Sat + which I run 8 hrs a day on the brightest setting. I just turned down the brightness and now just about all the algae is gone. I still run it 8 hrs a day. A lot of lights such as the BeamsWork sit directly on top of the tank which is too close and will cause algae isssues. IMO I think the best way to control your algae is to raise your light and not necessarily shorten the length of time you keep it on. I recently found these

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/261720099354?_trksid=p2060778.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

 

I'm growing crypts,anubias,ferns and moss with them. For a shrimp tank they're perfect. I don't know if they make one for you tank size.

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I had some serious hair algae issues in my 12g tank  a few months back. My lighting is the Curent Sat + which I run 8 hrs a day on the brightest setting. I just turned down the brightness and now just about all the algae is gone. I still run it 8 hrs a day. A lot of lights such as the BeamsWork sit directly on top of the tank which is too close and will cause algae isssues. IMO I think the best way to control your algae is to raise your light and not necessarily shorten the length of time you keep it on. I recently found these

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/261720099354?_trksid=p2060778.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

 

I'm growing crypts,anubias,ferns and moss with them. For a shrimp tank they're perfect. I don't know if they make one for you tank size.

 

Mayphly,

 

How "expandable" are the aquatic life LEDs?.........I'm looking for a 36" fixture which they don't sell at this price point.  I'm curious if the 30" version could be used on a 36" tank.

 

Now that I'm typing this I'm unsure if the "expandable" part of their description pertains to the legs, or the ability to add additional LEDs.  

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The 20" will fit on a tank 26" in length.

I would message the seller your question just to be sure about the 30".

You can add additional led's. You can join 2 fixtures together.

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