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Selection for controlling hair algae

Postby DaveK » Mon 27 Jul, 2015 5:56 pm

Hey guys, I'm getting my hair algae under control but looking at getting something to pick it off the rocks etc.

I have two bi colour blennies already but is there anything else that can help out?
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Re: Selection for controlling hair algae

Postby Breed » Wed 29 Jul, 2015 10:33 am

Hey mate,

Best way to get it off is to pull out the rock and scrub it off. If this isn't possible or you want to go with a fish to help out, I'd recommend either a bristletooth (Ctenochaetus) tang or a foxface/rabbitfish. My tomini tang did a good job with some of my early hair algae and I have heard the foxfaces and rabbitfish are also really good. I am not sure how big your tank is, so this would only work for a larger one.
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Re: Selection for controlling hair algae

Postby DaveK » Thu 30 Jul, 2015 3:30 pm

thanks for the reply, I think my tank is on the small side for those fish at 200L
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Re: Selection for controlling hair algae

Postby ffallerken » Thu 30 Jul, 2015 4:02 pm

High dose of Magnesium, Kent Tech M if it is still available. this will control briosis very well,
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Re: Selection for controlling hair algae

Postby DaveK » Thu 30 Jul, 2015 4:23 pm

I'm currently dosing mag, should I up the dose?
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Re: Selection for controlling hair algae

Postby green troll » Thu 30 Jul, 2015 4:29 pm

Wont the hair algae die off soon espically if your running gfo?
Im asking for my own benefit aswell.lol
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Re: Selection for controlling hair algae

Postby DaveK » Thu 30 Jul, 2015 4:41 pm

I'm not running gfo as I have undetectable levels of nitrates and phosphates.

Lol it's all good I just hate this damn algae
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Re: Selection for controlling hair algae

Postby ffallerken » Thu 30 Jul, 2015 9:18 pm

it was very high dose of the Kent Tech M. It only seemed to be that that worked, other magnesium product didn't do anything. i used a syringe on stubborn area's and it killed it overnight. it was about 2 years ago there was good discussion about it on this forum. I still have my tank, and haven't had any more issues with bryosis since. I even loaned some tech m to a fellow reefer in Brisbane and it worked for him as well.
I did remember that you will have undetectable level of nitrates and phosphates because the bryosis was feeding on it so well.
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Re: Selection for controlling hair algae

Postby pebbles » Mon 03 Aug, 2015 1:00 pm

:wavey: hi Dave,

Is it hair algae or Bryopsis? ;)

Just that theres a big difference between the two when it comes to management, and Tech M is helpful for Bryopsis but unnecessary for the typical fine hair algae common in newish systems.

HTH and GL :thumbsup:
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Re: Selection for controlling hair algae

Postby gianniz » Sun 09 Aug, 2015 6:48 pm

get yourself an urchin. they destroyed my hair algae. don't bother with lawnmower as it's highly overrated.
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