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FreakyPiglet
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FreakyPiglet

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Location : Gridley, CA
Favorite Fish: : Discus, Tetras

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PostSubject: Hair algae!???   Hair algae!??? Icon_minitime3/28/2011, 11:25 pm

Hello, I have a nice planted tank with beautiful Discus in it. The plants now have hair algae on them. I have some algae eaters but it just does not seem like they are doing the job. Is there any other fish that will eat the hair algae and not my plants? Please help!

Thank you,
Freaky Piglet
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whisper
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whisper

Posts : 1990
Location : Euless, Texas
Favorite Fish: : Betta's,Fancy Guppies, Plecos, kio.

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PostSubject: Re: Hair algae!???   Hair algae!??? Icon_minitime3/28/2011, 11:39 pm

Koi will eat it.
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2SciCrazed
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2SciCrazed

Posts : 650
Location : Middle TN
Favorite Fish: : Anything that's not belly up!

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PostSubject: Re: Hair algae!???   Hair algae!??? Icon_minitime3/29/2011, 8:26 am

I had this problem in my panfish 55G. After throwing two small plecos and one large pleco in it - I haven't had to sponge it off since! (small plecos are now 5" plecos) Don't know what kind of algae eaters you are using, but I've had good success using multiple plecos.

I also added duckweed to the tank as well. This could also have impacted the hair algae by reducing the nutrient level in the water column.
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strikingthematch
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strikingthematch

Posts : 1118
Location : Virginia Beach, VA
Favorite Fish: : Discus, Stingrays, Arowana, Rams, and Angels

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PostSubject: Re: Hair algae!???   Hair algae!??? Icon_minitime3/29/2011, 2:30 pm

I have had problems with hair algae but mainly when the nutrients going into the tank where out of balance and the plants couldn't grow as quickly as they wanted to and so the algae took over. Depending on what type of algae eaters you have many of them won't touch select forms of algae which becomes very annoying.

If you can get your hands on them I highly suggest SAE (Siamese algae eater) just make sure you get the real ones! The Chinese algae eaters will grow up and pick on fish. The flowing fox is also another fake variant of the SAE. If you do a little research you can find out how to properly identify one.
These little guys (grows to 6inches) eat almost anything! They unlike my otos prefer to eat off of plants. The otos I have like to sit on the glass and eat where as the SAE jump from plant to plant eating just the algae off of it and leave the plant unharmed.
As 2Sci said Plecos do a great job at cleaning everything just keep in mind some types do get very large and if you got a couple of them they would quickly outgrow most normal tanks sizes.
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Location : Southern Cali
Favorite Fish: : Discus, Tangs, Clownfish

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PostSubject: Re: Hair algae!???   Hair algae!??? Icon_minitime4/6/2011, 2:26 pm

Try sucking it out and just just keep the water clean buy doing water changes often sometimes this will work.

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