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Old 03-07-2010, 11:04 AM
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Default Small fish that will munch on hair algae

I'm looking for a small fish that eats green hair algae. Not even sure i want to get another fish in my 29BC. I have a small tailspot blennie, but he doesn't like the hair algae.

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Old 03-07-2010, 11:17 AM
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You can try a Rainford's goby or Hector's goby as they are known to graze on hair algae. Most of the time, they are sand sifters so do not expect them to be a perfect solution. They are also very timid so if you have other feisty fish in the tank, then they may not survive very well. Also try to get your phosphate levels down which will be the best possible solution at reducing nuisance algal blooms....Jim Z.
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Rainfords and Hectors don't actually eat the algae, they eat the pods and micro organisms found in the algae. At least, that's what I've read and heard.
Old 03-07-2010, 10:26 PM
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You can try a sea hare. Thier main diet is algae. I have a blue spotted hare that eats hair algae.
Old 03-08-2010, 10:21 AM
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Increase water changes for a few weeks and lower nutirents in other manners. Eventually your hair algae will disappear.

Adding another fish that might consume hair algae really is only a temporary fix, it will consume some nutrients after eating the algae, then release some of them back out (poop) and refuel hair algae to grow again.
Old 03-08-2010, 11:13 AM
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margarita snails. they eat hair algae. i got 3 in my 12g nano and have never seen it besides on my hydor flo. and that is because its constantly spinning in and out of the water and they can never hitch a ride to clean it.
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how do you lower your phosphate i am new to this also and so far hair algea and a banded bamboo cat shark is all i can keep alive in it. My tank is 150g i have a protien skimmer and a over hang filter and a very large canister filter
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+1 for what stunreefer said. Are you using r/o water for water changes? How often?

teresa - try starting a seperate thread and post your tank specs and water parameters. That way, others can help and we don't hyjack this thread
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Lawnmower blenny. However, double blennies might not be a good option.

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