Grey Hair Algae in Sand

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  1. bluespotocto

    bluespotocto Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    My tank has this grey hair algae growing in my sand. I will mix up the sand and then in with in a day it has growin back. Does any know what this is? Also how do i fix it? In one of the pics you can see the hair part of it.
     

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    bluespotocto Haliphron Atlanticus Registered

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    So has any one ever seen this? Also i swept the sand around yesterday and it was within 24 hours!!!! I HATE ALGAE!!!!!!:banghead::banghead::banghead::mad::mad::mad::banghead::mad:
     
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    If your tank is fairly new, this will often go away within a few weeks. However, if it persists, I would recommend a phosphate reactor using GFO. Bulk Reef Supply has some good deals on them, they're fairly inexpensive. It won't eliminate the algae, but it will make a significant dent in it.
     
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    My tank is about 1 and a half years old. I have phosphate reactor on it. Has any one even seen this kind of algae before?
     
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    Hmmm, weird. I can't say I've personally experienced it, but have had hair algae issues in the past. Things that I've found really helpful for controlling it are: Strong water flow near the bottom to prevent accumulation of detritus
    Eliminating anything made of steel near the tank (a little iron goes a long way)
    Growing macroalgae to compete for nutrients
    Feeding less......or filtering more
     
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    Wait are you saying if i put some iron in the tank it would help? Also i got a ton of hermits and snails to help out. Also they can be food if she wants them to be.
     

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