Green Hair Algae

Collin

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#1
Hi guys, Ive had this green hair algae since starting the tank a few months ago. (I know there's going to be algae for awhile after starting a tank). But, it's gone off of every other rock except this one. The others have been green hair algae free for about a month now and this one just persists. It's only this rock, all others are algae free and starting to get covered with coralline. Any tips on how I can get this stuff off and get the coralline to take over this rock also? Or is it just a matter of time?
 

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aresangel

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#4
Looks like some green hair to me. Maybe some diatoms mixed in the first photo.

It’s a pain to pull off and scrub off. I did manual removal. Even cut parts of the rock off if it was in a hard to get place.

Otherwise biological removal (buy a turbo snail or two) or some hermits will eat it.


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Collin

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#5
Yeah, manual removal is almost impossible without wrecking everything , but I might try taking a piece off of the worst affected areas and seeing what happens there. I'm trying to get a few more snails but my lfs charges an arm and a leg for small snails, and I don't know where else to get em'
 

aresangel

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#6
Their prices on Turbo snails isn’t bad. Otherwise try Hudson petco. I prefer dealing with Sean and helping out a small business but money is money!


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Bendint

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#10
Def green hair algae check all your parameters fluconazole works great and reef safe one dose kills it a good clean up crew and a grazing fish helps


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CrypticLifeStyle

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#11
If theres nothing mounted to it, i say just remove it, kill the rock, put it back in later on after the proper cleaning/cycle steps. Maybe, use another clean rock in it's place.

Makes life a little easier, to deal with the issue sometimes, instead of going on a multi month, money trap costing more then the rock haha.
 

Collin

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#12
I'm going to try manual removal/removal of parts of the rock, sadly I have corals encrusted on parts of it. Also my blenny has his home in there and I don't have the heart to take away his little cave :) I'll also try to get a few more snails and just wait and see what happens. Thanks for all the advice!
 

Collin

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#13
If it doesn't get any better and I can't take the rock out I'll probably try fluconazole or something like that next if it doesn't clear up in a month or so
 

Bendint

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#14
Fluconazole can be pricey if u have a large system but it's a silver bullet I'd buy them online but it works in days turn off all reactors n clean them and when it's dead and gone restart it


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#17
Fluconazole worked for my gha. I have a YouTube video on it. Just search fluconazole for green hair algae..


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