Is this hair algae?

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Hi all,

As this is my first reef tank I'm learning as I go.

I assume this is hair algae? (see attached)

It's currently just on that rock, but I'm sure will spread if allowed. :)

Thanks!

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Hi all,

As this is my first reef tank I'm learning as I go.

I assume this is hair algae? (see attached)

It's currently just on that rock, but I'm sure will spread if allowed. :)

Thanks!

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Yep! Time to grab a few hermits.
 

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Awesome! Been waiting for the right time. :)

A herbit crab over a lawnmower blenny?
Both if you like! If a lawnmower was on your long term stocking ideas then yea might as well!
 
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I have a 150g. Still stick with blue leg or something a little bigger?
Yea stick with blue leg. A big hermit crab can cause issues for coral and even fish. Blue legs are always a safe bet to be purely beneficial.
 
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I’d do blue legs also. Don’t be surprised if you get a lawnmower blenny and doesn’t eat your hair algae. Mine won’t but likes film algae. Cool fish tho.
I'll also chime in here ...when I had a lawnmower blenny (my cat at the time nommed him) he'd only eat fine algae such as fine algae. Never touched GHA.
 

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Yuuup ! go with emeral crabs and astrea snails they work wonders on hair algae don’t do large hermits. blue legs might help a little and lawnmowers don’t eat much hair algae especially if it get really long and plentiful(in my experience anyway)
 

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Oooh, that could be my fun next fish to get! :)

Just do the fish a favor and try to stay within size limits, example Hippo Tang needs 180 they say but I’d say bigger. But there are a ton of tangs that would keep that rock clean for you. My Powder Blue doesn’t let a single strand of green grow anywhere.

Also do yourself a favor and QT because Tangs are very succeptible to disease.
 
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Thoughts on a pincushion urchin? Supposedly they eat hair algae?

Or non-related to algae, are they fun to have? :)
 
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I ended up getting a convict tang and a few hermit crabs. Let me tell ya, this tang is an algae eating machine. Just unbelievable. He is voracious. And he loves mysis shrimp also. :) Thanks for all your helps!
 
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