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hair algae control


>Date: Fri, 23 Jan 1998 14:17:45 -0800 (PST)
>From: Roxanne Bittman <rbittman at spock_dfg.ca.gov>
>To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com
>Subject: hair algae control
>Hair algae:
>I am no expert, but I have experience!  I had hair algae, which I call the
>which likes to grow at the base of plants, especially Echinodorus sp., and
>rosette forming species (like Isoetes).  It forms cottony masses and can be 
>removed with a toothbrush.  It's hard to get it all this way though.  Here
is a 
>prescription that may work; it worked for me:
> 1.  Monitor how much Fe (iron) you are putting into the tank.  If the
conc. of 
>Fe is high in the water column, hair algae will be very happy.  I like to
>the concentration at less than .15ppm.  I measure using LaMottes test kit,
>seems quite accurate, since I have compared it to Hach's spectrophotometer 
>readings using their test (and it compared favorably - within .05ppm).  If
>don't want to test, just try cutting back on any iron supplementations to
> 2.  Maintain a population of siamese algae eaters of at least one/gallon.
>help a lot; I have tried tanks with and without them, and now I am a
> 3.  Use ghost shrimp, or other shrimp that are available for freshwater.
>seem to like algae (but will eat fish food if provided).  Keep them hungry
>awhile after introducing them.  They only last one month for me.  I just
>them.  I use about 1/gallon.  No problem with using more.
> 4.  Mechanically remove as much as possible to help out the process.  Use a 
>toothbrush; it works pretty well.  Unfortunately, I sometimes end up
>delicate plants (such as small Echin. tenellus or Eleocharis acicularis)
in the 
>process.  Shrimp are more gentle.
> This should help; I got rid of my hair algae this way (I am sure it is
>around in some incipient state, waiting to pounce once again once
conditions are 
> Roxanne Bittman