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Hi All,

 

Having a hard time trying to get rid of Hair algae from my plants and driftwood. I got a 54 litre tank and it just keeps growing. I got a couple amano shrimps and today bought a couple of nerite snails. But is there anything else i can do to stop it growing/remove it? 

Also cutting down my light to 6 hours per day hoping that helps too! my tank parameters are fine i do weekly changes and tests and have no issues with it

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Flagfish eat hair algae like crazy, and every other kind of algae, too. Females are peaceful, males are aggressive, so make sure you get a female. Look for the black spot on the back of the dorsal fin, males will have a mostly red dorsal with no spot. Hair algae likes to keep coming back, so getting a fish that likes to eat it is incredibly helpful. I have a team of female flagfish that I regularly use to clean up extra stubborn types of algae. They'll even eat staghorn! 

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I have a quarantine tank which has a bunch of algae, including hair algae. Algae is good for water quality, but hair algae is aggravating. I remove it every few days by using my planting tweezers. I grab some of the hair algae with the tweezers and twirl the tweezers around, wrapping hair algae around them. It's like harvesting nitrates.

I have a feeling that too much light may be the problem.

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