Shrimp Safe Way Of Reducing Hair Algae? Help

Discussion in 'Algae' started by Finatic005, Jul 8, 2019.

  1. Finatic005

    Finatic005Valued MemberMember

    Does anyone have a reliable way of getting rid of hair algae during cycling process? Also needs to be shrimp safe and I want to stop the algae early on. I have a very small amount but it is still unpleasant to look at. I also have plenty of fast growing plants, should I get more?

    I also am getting brown algae, which I can get rid of easily by reducing and removing phosphates and silicates. Do plants need phosphates or can I constantly have phosGuard running? And I don’t have room in my filter so can I tie the phosGuard around the intake sponge?

    Also I could purchase red ramshorn snails to help out with this. If I dose 1 mL of ammonium hydroxide per week (gets it up to 2ppm ammonia and 0.0105ppm UIA) (will dose more often later in the cycle) could they survive until cycle is done and help with algae reduction?
     
  2. nikm128

    nikm128Fishlore VIPMember

    Ramshorn and Nerite snails usually make quick work of soft algae like that, I would get one of those two
     
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    Finatic005

    Finatic005Valued MemberMember

    Ok thanks. And you are saying that they would survive many ammonia spikes of about 2ppm?

    Will snails get rid of algae on hornwort? It seems as though they wouldn’t be able to get to the algae on the hornwort.
    Is dosing H2O2 safe for snails?
     
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  4. nikm128

    nikm128Fishlore VIPMember

    They might be able to manage that for a little bit, but not long term. The same goes for the shrimp too, they're even more sensitive and I'd be surprised if 1ppm didn't kill them
     
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    Finatic005

    Finatic005Valued MemberMember

    Ok thanks. In my tank, 2ppm equals about 0.0105 UIA. So isn’t that how to tell what will harm them?
     
  6. 86 ssinit

    86 ssinitWell Known MemberMember

    Shrimp don’t do well in a cycling tank. Ammonia will kill them. What kind of shrimp? Do you have them allready?
     
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    Finatic005

    Finatic005Valued MemberMember

    No, I know they don’t do well while cycling. I am going to get dwarfs after the cycle
     
  8. Jack B Nimble

    Jack B NimbleWell Known MemberMember

    i have ...
     
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  9. aussieJJDude

    aussieJJDudeWell Known MemberMember

    Consider manual removal? ^_^


    Otherwise, some species of shrimp have been known to eat hair algae in small amounts if hungry. I know that amanos are one of them.


    If the brown algae is diatoms, this will naturally go away on it's own after a couple of weeks as the tank matures. It's very common in new setups to have a diatom bloom.
     
  10. 86 ssinit

    86 ssinitWell Known MemberMember

    I have a cherry shrimp tank and they eat most algae. But shrimp need an established tank to begin. They eat microfilm and algae. So an established tank of a few months old is best.
     
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    Finatic005

    Finatic005Valued MemberMember

    Brown algae will go away?
     
  12. nikm128

    nikm128Fishlore VIPMember

    It should go away on its own, might take a little while but it will
     
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    Finatic005

    Finatic005Valued MemberMember

    Ok because I’ve had it on a tank for over 4 months
     
  14. andrearamirezo91

    andrearamirezo91Well Known MemberMember

    Following this post as I'm looking for a similar solution. Good luck! :)
     
  15. nikm128

    nikm128Fishlore VIPMember

    It usually doesn't last much longer than that, maybe 6 months top.
     
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    Finatic005

    Finatic005Valued MemberMember

    Alright thx, but I think that PhosGuard would be worth it, since I have it anyway, and I can just replace the phosphate in my tank

    Thx, you too
     
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  17. Jack B Nimble

    Jack B NimbleWell Known MemberMember

    Brown algea in mine now 8months so it depends.
     
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