hair algae on driftwood

handimn1

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I have a problem with hair algae in my tank now for 3 months so I am going to dismantle it and start over, how do I sterilize the driftwood so i can use it over again I need to get the hair algae or bba off of it?
 

fosteder

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Re: hair algae on driftwood

I don't think dismantling your tank and redoing it is going to solve your problem. If the ferts/CO2/plants stay the same as they are now, you will just get it again. It is impossible to keep algae out of your tank. You just need to make an environment where algae will not grow/thrive. I would start by looking at your dosing regimen, and your CO2 levels. You need to remove the algae that is there, change the environment and check to see if that fixed the problem.

Regards,

Derek
 

Tom Barr

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Re: hair algae on driftwood

A good tank tear down can help, but not if you do not get at the real issue, likely a CO2 related one.

The hair algaes tend to never be an issue in any that I've run well and had good CO2.

Once they infest, they are tough to get rid of without such methods.
Some folks bomb with excel etc.

I'm not too sure there is a good record there.
I can say the same for a blackout.

The wood can easily be removed, bleached, dechlorinated and returned.
Add plants to the wood and add Amano shrimp, they keep wood clean.

Regards,
Tom Barr