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Hair Algae...what's unbalanced?


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Phosphate: 1-2ppm

Nitrate: 50ppm

Nitrite:0ppm

Gh:about 150ppm

Kh: 80ppm

Ph:7.6

Chlorine: 0

Ammonia: 0

I have this hair algae issue. I didny have an issue in this take for a while. What's unbalanced. 

I have a simple aqueon light on for 12hrs a day. Is the hair algae coming from an the phosphate and lighting?

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Probably from too much lighting. Reduce the light time to 7 or 8 hours and see how it does.  Try getting your nitrates down below 40. I'd also add some nitrate eaters like hornwort, floater plants work really good too. A real good plant for reducing nitrates is actually a house plant, the infamous pothos. For 4 or 5 dollars you can get a small potted one. Rinse the soil and perlite out of the roots and hang the plant out of the back of the tank.

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On 7/1/2021 at 9:36 PM, Patrick_G said:

We just sort of hung ours over the side of the tank, but if they’re not the right shape you could try something like a clothespin or a little kitchen clip. You could even make a hook with a twist tie. 

Okay I'll try that out. Hopefully I'll really start it see more growth on both the roots and vine! 

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On 7/1/2021 at 8:19 PM, Alec said:

@Patrick_G how should I attach them? Do you have a suggestion?

I snitched some of these from my kid, and stuck them on the rim of the tank, with the pothos running through them. 

https://smile.amazon.com/Bright-Starts-Lots-of-Links/dp/B001ABZGU2/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=toy+ring+clips&qid=1625190657&sr=8-1

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On 7/1/2021 at 7:19 PM, Alec said:

@Patrick_G how should I attach them? Do you have a suggestion?

 My wife uses crafting wire, so thinner than metal coat hangers, but still stiff enough to hold shape. Then she slides air hose over the wire, bends it into a big loop type hook.

usually we trim the wicked points off.. gotta go do that.

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