Is this hair algae?

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My java ferns have been sprouting new plants but now also have this growing on them (see pictures). At first I just thought it was more rhizomes growing but its starting to look gross and not like the other plants. Is it hair algae? I have tried to do some research but have not found much and do not know what to do about it.
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It looks like it. You can use a toothbrush to remove it. How long is your tank light on for?
 

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Yes that is hair algae! I had a horrible problem with it in my tank around the time it was done cycling. I still have a tiny problem and just clean it off my plants as soon as I see it. Initially, I did a black out for a few days (to try and kill what was left after I cleaned it- I just put a dark towel over the tank and left the back part by the filter open so air could still get in) and then I have slowly built up my lighting from 6 hours a day to 7-8 to see how it goes. I also got some algae cleaner snails too. I think my main issue was too much light.
I know sometimes they say it's a water chemistry issue as well.

I also used a tooth brush to clean off the leaves too.
 
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The toothbrush worked really well! Thank you for the help! I had been leaving my light on for about 8 hours every day since I have plants but I have reduced it dramatically until it seems like the algae is under control. They are all low light plants anyway so I think they should be fine with less light. Unfortunately, I noticed little white worms everywhere after cleaning the tank when I worked on the algae... so I guess I will be starting a new thread about that in a few min...
 
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Update on the worms: I noticed them when I turned the light on right before I posted my previous comment and just checked on my tank after about 15 min of reading around and they've mostly disappeared! There were a ton floating around in the water and some on the glass but now there are just a few on the glass. I'm guessing my fish could finally see them with the light on and ate most of them! I think they're harmless and shouldn't need their own thread haha!
 

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saddlebagsoph said:
Update on the worms: I noticed them when I turned the light on right before I posted my previous comment and just checked on my tank after about 15 min of reading around and they've mostly disappeared! There were a ton floating around in the water and some on the glass but now there are just a few on the glass. I'm guessing my fish could finally see them with the light on and ate most of them! I think they're harmless and shouldn't need their own thread haha!
Yah I have had them in mine too, you can vacuum up some but the fish will eat them as well. I've heard they sort of just appear with a little excess food and what not.
Also glad to hear the algae is behaving! :)
 

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