Algae controllers

Discussion in 'Invertebrates' started by Christopher Hill, Dec 24, 2019.

  1. Christopher Hill

    Christopher Hill Plankton

    what are the best inverts to help maintain hair algae?
     
  2. huntindoc

    huntindoc RRMAS BOD Membership Director Staff Member

    That's a tough one. I've really not had much luck with any invert making a dent on hair algae. That includes turbo, astrea, trochus snails as well as all the hermits. I do have a Gold Rim Tang that's a hair algae eating machine.

    The one invert I've heard of eating it well is a sea hare. The problem there is they can be toxic if they die and aren't removed immediately.
     
  3. Christopher Hill

    Christopher Hill Plankton

    I’ll look into the tang. Thanks for the tip
     
  4. huntindoc

    huntindoc RRMAS BOD Membership Director Staff Member


    That species usually needs a 6 foot tank...and not all of them will eat it.
     
  5. Jake atkinson

    Jake atkinson RRMAS Supporter

    Try manual removal and to address any nutrient import/ export imbalances. Also be sure to make sure you source water is properly filtered and there are not cartridges that are past due being replaced. Better to treat and prevent the problem at the source then to put a bandage on it. Also look into Vibrant. Seems to be a lot of very good results coming from use of that product to rid hair algae. There are some videos on bulk reef supply about using it with tests that they did. May want to look into that to give you an advantage in over coming the issue.
     
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  6. portereef

    portereef RRMAS Supporter

    Go to live rock they have a sea hare that will DEMOLISH the hair algae!!
     
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  7. huntindoc

    huntindoc RRMAS BOD Membership Director Staff Member

    For sure, he cleaned that tank up in less than two days. Only problem is what to do with him in a tank that size after all the hair algae is gone!
     
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  8. portereef

    portereef RRMAS Supporter

    Just move it around I'm sure there is someone else with some hair algae. He can just tank hop!
     
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