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    SCAPE Member Jr. SCAPEr Fishflood's Avatar
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    Former Reef Fanatic (now looking for hair algae help)

    Hi- this is my first serious attempt at a planted tank. 10 gallons. Aquaclear 20 filter. Aquatek paintball CO2. Lighting is Kessil 160 Tuna Blue from my last nano reef run at 10000k. Things are going well after 7 weeks. Survived a big hair algae infestation. Very excited to be part of this community!

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    Welcome to SCAPE! Looks like you are off to good start.
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    Keep using the tuna blue and your going to fight algae for ever. Plants prefer a tuna sun which is 6500k (or 6700 I don't remember).
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    Welcome to Scape!!! We got a meeting coming up in 20 days iirc. It's gonna be at CK fish world. It would be a good opportunity to load up on goodies and take advantage of great deals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swoof View Post
    Keep using the tuna blue and your going to fight algae for ever. Plants prefer a tuna sun which is 6500k (or 6700 I don't remember).
    Ugh! I was afraid that someone was going to say that! I know it's not ideal light but if 10000k promotes algae, hair algae specifically, I'm going to have to spend the money and make the change. While I've gotten rid of the thick hair algae, the micro strands are still growing off most of the plants.

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    1-2 punch it. turn off all filters and water movement. wait a few minutes for the water to go still. Treat h2o2 via syringe at 2ml-3ml per gallon directly opn affected areas. Wait 15 min and then follow up with a full strength dose of excel via syringe directly on affected area. wait about 15 min. Remove any algae you can manually and water change making sure you focus suction on any algae that may be loose. Repeat as many days as needed. This works for most algae, but confirmed will not work on GSA or BGA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swoof View Post
    Keep using the tuna blue and your going to fight algae for ever. Plants prefer a tuna sun which is 6500k (or 6700 I don't remember).
    I have the Amazon Sun model and it works great. Or you could get a Finnex...reasonably priced

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    SCAPE Member Jr. SCAPEr Fishflood's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zenzu View Post
    1-2 punch it. turn off all filters and water movement. wait a few minutes for the water to go still. Treat h2o2 via syringe at 2ml-3ml per gallon directly opn affected areas. Wait 15 min and then follow up with a full strength dose of excel via syringe directly on affected area. wait about 15 min. Remove any algae you can manually and water change making sure you focus suction on any algae that may be loose. Repeat as many days as needed. This works for most algae, but confirmed will not work on GSA or BGA.
    So before I do this, I just want to make sure you are talking about hydrogen peroxide, the kind I would buy at CVS? Also, it's pretty constant throughout the tank so should I treat sections or the whole tank at once?

    Thanks for your help. I'm really dismayed. I believe it to be staghorn but I'm not sure. It's long and green and spiderweb-ey.

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    Went ahead and tried an h2o2 only treatment first and it worked with a single application. I drained 50% of the water, sprayed the plants that were out of or on the surface of the water, used a syringe on the other affected areas and after a water change the next day, a bunch siphoned off. Two days later the Amano shrimp had cleared out much of it and today it’s completely gone!

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    Glad to hear it. I would keep an eye on the tank, if it starts to pop up again anywhere, treat asap to keep it from spreading.

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    Ghost shrimp love hair algae also. You can pick them up at Petsmart for $.29 ea and they actually look good in planted tanks.

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    Like all algae eaters, if no other food source is available they will eat algae. As soon as you feed fish or shrimp, they become another worthless mouth to feed.

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