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  1. #1

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    Default Algae Eater for Green Hair Algae?

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    I am looking for a tank inhabitant that would eat hair algae and would be peaceful for a 40 gallon breeder. Some of the more trusted pet stores in the area carry true Siamese Algae Eaters, Panda Garra, Whiptail Catfish, Otocinclus Catfish, Amano Shrimp, and Nerite Snails but I'm not sure which of those would go best in my tank and which would specifically eat the hair algae.

    The tank is heavily planted and currently contains 1 Longfin Bristlenose Pleco, 6 False Julii Corycats, and 4 Platies. At some point I am for sure going to add some Harlequin Rasboras and a German Blue Ram as well. I'm toying with the idea of a Honey Gourami, but am not sure on that, and it may depend on the amount of current the new algae eater would be comfortable with. So the new tank mate would have to tolerate other bottom dwellers and other catfish, not be eaten or harassed by the German Blue Ram, and be gentle enough not to bother small schooling fish.

    Why I am turning to an algae eater:
    Because my tap water has 1 ppm Ammonia in it, I always have some algae problems in my tanks. I never had any problems until the tap water company changed from chlorine to chloramine and all this blasted Ammonia got into the water. But once they made the switch even though I do weekly water changes, don't overstock, do thorough gravel vacuuming, overfiltering, use tons of biomaterial, and live plants in my tanks there is always just going to be algae because of the source water. I use Prime as my dechlorinator, which detoxifies the Ammonia for 24 hours till the beneficial bacteria can convert it to less harmful forms, but the algae still forms. So each of my tanks has an algae eating resident that usually takes care of the problem. In all my other tanks I've had brown algae or green algae, but in my 40 gallon planted tank conditions seems to be right for the dreaded green hair algae. I have a beautiful, beloved Longfin Albino Bristlenose Pleco in there named Zeus, but she is completely uninterested in the hair algae. It's like she doesn't even see it, she ignores it so completely.

    Tank specs:
    The tank is a 40 gallon breeder, with a temperature in the low 70s, a pH of 7.4, a hardness of 11 dGH, a bubblewand that provides a fair amount of current, and a smooth sand substrate. The plants are Windelov Java Fern, a couple types of Anubias, Subwassertang, Bacopa, Hygrophila, Mini African Water Fern, Dwarf Lily, Anacharis, Ludwigia, Water Sprite, Dwarf Sagittaria, and Amazon Frogbit. Duckweed also hitchhiked into the tank. The hardscape consists of a large piece of aquatic Spider Wood boiled so it won't release tannins, a resin cave, and sandstone rocks. I use Flourish Comprehensive fertilizer as well as Flourish Root Tabs. It has been set up and cycled for over 6 months, has an adjustable Aquaclear 70 filter, a Beamworks DA 6500 LED light, an Aqueon Pro Heater, and quite a variety of foods.

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    2 Not allowed!
    Well the SIA are social so you would need 3 at least-and they get big so (IMO and experience) not an option for a 40B. Panda Garra need high O2/river waters, so that may make it a NO as well. Nerrites don't eat hair algae (IME). Amanos will if they have no choice. Not sure about the otos or whiptails.
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    0 Not allowed!
    A bristlenose Ancistrus is the best bet for keeping your tank clear of algae. A single fish would be fine in a 40 breeder, so would a pair but they'd produce loads of fry that would eventually overcrowd the tank.

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    2 Not allowed!
    Hair algae is one of the worst and I'm not sure if even the Siamese algae eater will take care of it. I know otos and nerites will not and my guess is that panda garra will not either. Amanos may have a small impact if truly hungry, but not a sure thing. Here's an article on that algae which talks about manual removal, water changes, and a couple of fish options - perhaps a few mollies might work?

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    2 Not allowed!
    I can only think of American flag fish and amano shrimp. It's best to try other methods for controlling algae growth in the first place. A good place to start is dialing down the lighting. This can be intensity or photoperiod or both. A Beamswork DA is a lot of light on a 40B. You could try diffusing it with paper or get a cheap dimmer off Amazon.

    Get some easy plants growing well and that will help keep hair algae away. Maybe some floating water lettuce would help. It did for me!
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