Hairy Algae

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Manually is an option, but it’s growing because of another reason. Excess nutrients, lighting, etc. How many hours a day is your light on?
 

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Plucking won't solve the issue. I have had hair algae issues on and off and they're caused generally by 2 things: too much light, or too much/little nutrients (not to be confused with ferts). In my case, one tank has developed it because it's receiving light around 12 hours+ per day (it's next to where my seeding plants are, and those have a light on 12 hours per day). I'd limit your light to around 8 hours a day; if you're at a window, less. After that, ensure you aren't overfeeding your beta.

You can also remove it, as mentioned, but that's just going to grow back if you don't get to the root cause.
 
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TWiG87 said:
Manually is an option, but it’s growing because of another reason. Excess nutrients, lighting, etc. How many hours a day is your light on?
Around 10 hours , I will cut back to 8 and see if that helps
 

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BettaMom8381 said:
Around 10 hours , I will cut back to 8 and see if that helps
Yea, definitely reduce your lighting some. You may need to cut back even more than 8 for a little while
 

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I'm having a similar problem at the mo with hair algae (since changing out CO2) - but it doesn't look like this (mine is fine and readily floats in the current) - this looks more like staghorn except there's rather a lot of it!. You also have some brown algae - how well established is your tank? It may be your going through one of the stages of 'new tank' syndrome and just need to let things settle.
 

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