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I know this topic has been talked about before but what everyone’s experiences/opinions? Really sick of manually fighting this hair


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I personally avoid chemicals as much as I possibly can. I did try a dose for some green bubble algae but later introduced some good ole emerald crabs. Have you considered a sea hare. I had one my first go around with reefing they are friggin savage algae eaters


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The other part of the equation is why do you have the hair algae in the first place. You monitor you parameters closely? You have a fuge or algae scrubber? What light spectrum? Hours of lighting? I could go on and on...


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Vibrant works best on bubble algae in my experience. However, I’ve used fluconazole, which is meant to treat bryopsis, to take out hair algae multiple times. I know FJW carries it.
 

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The other part of the equation is why do you have the hair algae in the first place. You monitor you parameters closely? You have a fuge or algae scrubber? What light spectrum? Hours of lighting? I could go on and on...


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He is correct. Get the issue that caused it in check. After that, if you still need help then you can use fluconazole.
 
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I think I have it pinned on phosphates....lowered those and still present. Not so strong mind you but still an issue. Sooooo guess I was wrong...?


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I have a Fox face in my 65 that just destroys the hair algae but he’s 2 big for my 32’s


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I’d it was me I would get my water parameters in check. What is high to you for phosphates? Nitrates? You keep up with your TDS? It sounds like a nutrient issue but I could be wrong (I’m mostly wrong just ask my wife) when I got back into this hobby I spent a lot of time reading and a lot of time whatching BRS tv and asking the sages on here lots and lots of questions. Most people on here are very helpful. Just remember nothing happens fast in a reef tank. I can’t even count how many times I’ve heard that... BRS RV did a series called 52 weeks of reefing I think I’ve seen every episode there is some good information in there. Check it out if you haven’t already.


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I used vibrant when I got hammered with dinos. I had never seen anything like that. It totally chocked everything out but the vibrant cleared it up, then came the cyano and I used chemi clean. After that came the GHA and I used flucanozole or whatever to clear that up. Now I’m at .003 most of the time but I have tufts popping up. I’m not gonna lie, it is not easy on everything in the tank. Some things don’t care but other will. My issues were definitely Po4 related and presumably yours are too. Check your source water?
 

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I only used vibrant on hair algae and it’s been gone ever since. This was two years ago. Also killed my chaeto


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@gregg But you use it as algae control? Like a preventative or when you see something you start adding it?
 

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Vibrant is not chemicals, its is a patented blend of algae eating bacteria. I have had good experience with it, I dosed it moderately, it does not completely remove hair algae, but makes it weaker and easier to manually remove. If you have refugium, be careful, it is harmful to many macroalgae species, including chaeto. That said, chemicals such as algafix or red slime remover also worked for me, with no bad side effects, but now I use only vibrant since it is more natural. It is best to use it in moderation and monitor the tank carefully, especially initially, some people reported problems with oxygen levels after using it.
 

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Vibrant is not chemicals, its is a patented blend of algae eating bacteria. I have had good experience with it, I dosed it moderately, it does not completely remove hair algae, but makes it weaker and easier to manually remove. If you have refugium, be careful, it is harmful to many macroalgae species, including chaeto. That said, chemicals such as algafix or red slime remover also worked for me, with no bad side effects, but now I use only vibrant since it is more natural. It is best to use it in moderation and monitor the tank carefully, especially initially, some people reported problems with oxygen levels after using it.

Good to know, I’m glad I stopped using it, seeing the post from Tstew32 about it killing the cheato.


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Well it’s kills algae.. actually, since it’s bacteria it doesn’t kill algae directly. I am no expert, however it would seem that it behaves much as all the other bacteria we cultivate in our systems to handle biological filtration. The vibrant bacteria strips the water of whatever it is that the algae needs to survive. As i said, I am no expert so I don’t know what that is but it’s not Po4 since dinos come after extended periods of running at 0.000 Po4. I can see how in low doses it could be used as a preventative creating a generally less favorable environment for algae to survive drawback being no cheato.
 

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Somebody studied Vibrant under microscope, they posted photos of bacteria actually attaching to algae ... was really cool, but it was couple years ago, cannot find now. As far as I understand, Vibrant bacteria are literally eating algae, including some type of macroslgae
 

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I’ve used it for bubble algae and some weird algae when tank was starting up. I agree with sentiment about dealing with the underlying issue as well.
 

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Throw a few chestnut or Mexican turbo snails in the tank... they are super effective on red and green hair/turf algae
 

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