Algae Eater For Green Hair Algae?

Akeath

I am looking for a tank inhabitant that would eat hair algae and would be peaceful for a 40 gallon breeder. Some of the more trusted pet stores in the area carry true Siamese Algae Eaters, Panda Garra, Whiptail Catfish, Otocinclus Catfish, Amano Shrimp, and Nerite Snails but I'm not sure which of those would go best in my tank and which would specifically eat the hair algae.

The tank is heavily planted and currently contains 1 Longfin Bristlenose Pleco, 6 False JuliI Corycats, and 4 Platies. At some point I am for sure going to add some Harlequin Rasboras and a German Blue Ram as well. I'm toying with the idea of a Honey Gourami, but am not sure on that, and it may depend on the amount of current the new algae eater would be comfortable with. So the new tank mate would have to tolerate other bottom dwellers and other catfish, not be eaten or harassed by the German Blue Ram, and be gentle enough not to bother small schooling fish.

Why I am turning to an algae eater:
Because my tap water has 1 ppm Ammonia in it, I always have some algae problems in my tanks. I never had any problems until the tap water company changed from chlorine to chloramine and all this blasted Ammonia got into the water. But once they made the switch even though I do weekly water changes, don't overstock, do thorough gravel vacuuming, overfiltering, use tons of biomaterial, and live plants in my tanks there is always just going to be algae because of the source water. I use Prime as my dechlorinator, which detoxifies the Ammonia for 24 hours till the beneficial bacteria can convert it to less harmful forms, bu the algae still forms. So each of my tanks has an algae eating resident that usually takes care of the problem. In all my other tanks I've had brown algae or green algae, but in my 40 gallon planted tank conditions seems to be right for the dreaded green hair algae. I have a beautiful, beloved Longfin Albino Bristlenose Pleco in there named Zeus, but she is completely uninterested in the hair algae. It's like she doesn't even see it, she ignores it so completely.

Tank specs:
The tank is a 40 gallon breeder, with a temperature in the low 70s, a pH of 7.4, a hardness of 11 dGH, a bubblewand that provides a fair amount of current, and a smooth sand substrate. The plants are Windelov Java Fern, a couple types of Anubias, Subwassertang, MinI African Water Fern, Hygrophila, Bacopa, Dwarf Lily, Anacharis, Ludwigia, Water Sprite, Dwarf Sagittaria, and Amazon Frogbit. Duckweed also hitchhiked into the tank. The hardscape consists of a large piece of aquatic Spider Wood boiled so it won't release tannins, a resin cave, and sandstone rocks. I use Flourish Comprehensive fertilizer as well as Flourish Root Tabs. It has been set up and cycled for over 6 months, has an adjustable Aquaclear 70 filter, a Beamworks DA 6500 LED light, an Aqueon Pro Heater, and quite a variety of foods.
 

aussieJJDude

Hair algae is one of those algae that fish hate to eat. Best bet would be some amanos and nerites and see if they are interested in consuming the hair algae (some do!)... otherwise manual removal and well as spot dosing of excel or H2O2 would be a good idea.
 

lilirose

Otocinclus would be a good choice, but please note that they do better in groups. They stay quite small, so you shouldn't have too much of a problem with bioload, especially in a heavily planted tank (I've noticed that this forum tends to ignore the fact that a heavily planted tank can handle more fish than an unplanted or lightly planted tank). That would be my recommendation from what you've said.

Amano and other kinds of shrimp are extremely sensitive to ammonia- if that's a constant problem, then shrimp aren't a great answer.

Nerite snails eat algae but they will not touch hair algae.
 

notBrandon

^ Second the otos, they're your best bet when it comes to fish. Amano if you want to limit stocking.
 

johnbirg

Hair algae is one of those algae that fish hate to eat. Best bet would be some amanos and nerites and see if they are interested in consuming the hair algae (some do!)... otherwise manual removal and well as spot dosing of excel or H2O2 would be a good idea.
This treatment works wonders with black beard algae and doesn't have any noticeable side effects on plants or fish. Highly recommended 2 week treatment and have not had any recurrence of BBA since completing the treatment.
hi
 

Zeeth29

I know this is a relatively old thread but how did you end up managing the hair algea?
 

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