Hair Algae on Christmas moss

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Hair Algae on Christmas moss

Unread postby rupaK » Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:22 pm

Hi,
I have tired of cleaning hair algae using toothbrush from Christmas moss. But it is of no use. Please help me how to get rid of green hair algae. My tank details.
Dimension 30"X15"X12" (33 gallon).
Filtration : IPF 1200 liter/hour.
Light 1 32W PL and 1 2' Tube.

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Re: Hair Algae on Christmas moss

Unread postby SCORPIO » Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:34 pm

What about your water changing schedule?
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Re: Hair Algae on Christmas moss

Unread postby hari sankar » Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:40 pm

What abt the temprature
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Re: Hair Algae on Christmas moss

Unread postby hamza » Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:43 am

I have found H2O2(3%solution) spot treatment repeated over every alternate day to be the most effective method for any eradication of any hair/thread algae.

P.S.Due to lack of maintenance I had very thick build up of hair algae and spirogyra on my mosses so much so that moss was barely visible. It was so badly interwoven with mosses that even if I attempted to pull it out, a good large clump of moss came along with it. Glut dint work on it, it was then I read about hydrogen peroxide and it worked out like a charm.

Another recommendation I would give you is that you do more frequent water changes(20-30% every alternate days) when you are treating algae, possibly increase the filtration of the tank and add additional powerhead for steady(but not rapid) water movement throughout.

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Re: Hair Algae on Christmas moss

Unread postby rupaK » Thu Apr 10, 2014 10:12 am

Thanks for the reply.

Water temperature around 27-28 degree
Water changing :50 %to 60% weekly

@hamza is there any other option apart from using any chemical.

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Re: Hair Algae on Christmas moss

Unread postby apuda2010 » Fri Apr 11, 2014 12:17 pm

Hair algae is extremely tough to tackle.

Hamza'a solution is the correct one. The one good thing about peroxide is that upon contact with water it becomes....well...water !!

One more thing I would recommend very strongly is the amount of time that the lights are switched on. In a tank where algae is `prospering', one important nutrient to consider is light. You have not mentioned what other plants you have. If mosses are the only ones in the tank, reducing the light levels will have a direct effect on the algae.