Hair Algae: The Best Way, The MANY Ways, To Get Rid Of It....

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What have you found to be the best things/methods to beat hair algae? (choose all that apply)

  • Hydrogen peroxide

    Votes: 129 16.8%
  • Lawn Mower Blenny (or other fish)

    Votes: 164 21.3%
  • Manual Removal

    Votes: 355 46.2%
  • Rock Scrubbing

    Votes: 161 20.9%
  • Lowered Phosphates

    Votes: 169 22.0%
  • Tank Blackouts

    Votes: 46 6.0%
  • Urchins

    Votes: 147 19.1%
  • Fluconazole

    Votes: 88 11.4%
  • Granular Ferric Oxide (GFO)

    Votes: 72 9.4%
  • UV Sterilizer

    Votes: 69 9.0%
  • Refugium

    Votes: 179 23.3%
  • Algae Scrubber

    Votes: 61 7.9%
  • Clean Up Crew

    Votes: 320 41.6%
  • Lighting Change

    Votes: 60 7.8%
  • Sea Hare

    Votes: 56 7.3%
  • Vibrant

    Votes: 120 15.6%
  • Other (please explain in thread)

    Votes: 52 6.8%

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Simsung

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In my case a number of Spiny Astrea Snail did the job. I had a 24G nano tank so could not really get any fish to do the job.
Since then I set up a refugium and my rock is spotless, I kind of want some hair algae to add the natural look!
 

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Remove the soil the hairy algae or bryopsis grows on. Scrub the rocks with wire brush than turkey baste the debris out of the cracks every three days. Less and less comes back til gone. Weekly turkey basting for maintenance and scrubbing between polyps. Guaranteed. Turbos and Astreas eat the new growth
 

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I have the same issue with abbreviations like etc. and so on. I also hate trying to figure out contractions--just write it out!! I also hate acronyms. Just say what you mean! I guess I am a little much OCD on all this though.
What does OCD mean? I don't like trying to figure out acronyms. Say what you mean. Just write it out!!!
 

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Still trying out things. Used manual this never ends. Scrubbing out of the water it worked great but, that was before I had lots of coral. Although saw them do it on a BRS video. Did not think that was possible. In my new tank I blocked the light in the sump except where I am trying to grow Beneficial algae. That worked great. In my other tank. The perfect RO water, and Matrix Biofiltration cubes seem to be working, except now getting this pink stringy stuff. I am sucking that out with my cleaning pump, as it grows slow
 

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I've found Tangs are the best at keeping GHA at bay.

But they (at least mine) wouldn't touch GHA that has already grown long. That needs to be manually removed and, at least in my case, I've seen it "melting" away after about two months after installing my algae reactor.
 

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I have tried a sea hare 3 times and they simply disappear after a few days never to be seen again. I have performed a 3 day blackout twice and currently I am trying Flux RX.

I was thinking about buying a Faceface, will it be ok in a 54 gallon DT?

Also is a Foxface friendly and non aggressive? Currently I have:
2 Gladiator clowns
yellow assessor
6 line wrasse
pajama cardinal
orchid dottyback
filefish
blue green chromis
 

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The right light makes a big difference. Some algae absorb more light at different wavelengths, so getting the right spectrum for coral growth and not just going with what looks appealing to the eye is important.

I like Kessil and Philips' approach to maintaining the proper spectrum because even when you adjust the appearance of the light to please your eye, the app software automatically adjusts so you stay within the right range.

When your parameters are off, it can cause algae to reproduce. The best remedy I have found is to stay consistent with maintenance and be vigilant about about manually removing the stuff when it pops up.

A good clean up crew helps a lot. Some will die eventually so don't be lazy—replace them!
 

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What I did was remove the sand and add a refugium. The algae pretty much just fell of and died over the next month. Though now I am craving having the sand back, it just looks so nice, and of course I love how stable the tank becomes. But since I’m a student, generally I don’t have time to clean out the sand every 2 weeks. But after all of that I am grateful that the algae is gone.
 
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