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    Posted: November 14 2015 at 9:33am
I was sure I had bryopsys algae so I dosed my tank with tech M got my level to 1840 but still not killing it as I look closer at the algae now it looks mor like hair algae.could I have killed the bryopsys and now have a hair algae problem?
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Bryopsis is not that common. I'll bet it's Hair Algae. You saw my post in your introductory thread about that, right?  http://utahreefs.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=78183&KW=&PID=602941&title=hello-from-west-jordan#602941 The answers are there for the ways to deal with Hair Algae including the link to the thread specifically about eliminating Hair Algae. 

Why am I so confident that I know what you are dealing with? I dealt with a Hair Algae bloom early in my career in this hobby. Since 1995 I've helped countless hobbyists deal with these nuisance algae issues. Feel free to post a pic here or contact me if you'd like suggestions more specific to your situation. Here is my story about the Ugly Green Haired Mermaid: http://www.garf.org/ugly.html

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if you could post a pic of it, it would be a lot easier to identify
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I took some to the fish store and it is hair algae I feel dumb!
But now I can treat the tank right I got more snails because I was killing them with the tech M and got some phosGuard in my sump hope to rid myself of this mermaid hair I like blonde's ;)
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I would remove as much of it as you can. I'm not saying snails and crabs won't get the job done, but this is generally caused by excess nutrients in the water. If you have a sump I would get a light over it and start growing some macro algae, which a lot of us on the forum give away for free. I would also look at the amount you are feeding your fish, my guess would be this is where the problem lies. Cut back on feedings drastically. What fish do you have, what do you feed and how often?
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I have 3 clowns and 9 damsels and 1 anemone  i feed once a day a pinch of flake food i get from benepets and myisys  srimp twice a week + silver side 1 a month I have a light on my sump and i put one of my rocks that had a lot of the hair agile on it in their. was that a good idea? if anyone near West Jordan has some good macro algae for sale let me know?
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In my experience I have found flake food to have one of the highest levels of phosphates which gha love ;) all of your fish are very hardy fish. I would cut back feedings to every other day. How big is your tank and sump? I would get rid of the gha in the sump and get some macro algae. I'm in south weber if you wanted a drive today. Mine is a mix of chaeto and calurpa. No cost other than gas. Again there is always more than one way to skin a cat, I just think getting to the root problem and fixing that is the best way. Otherwise you're just putting on bandaids.
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my tank is a 65gal and my sump is a 20gal.
so maybe Ill just feed the mysis only. every other day. ill save the flakes for my cichlids!
so should i pick all the gha out of my sump now or when I get some macro algae to replace it? 
thanks for all the help and the offer on the chaeto your awsome but I dont think ill be making that drive today.
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I work in sandy right off 90th south and can bring some with me on Monday if you're interested. I would remove as much of it as you can.
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that would be awesome I work off 90th in sandy too. where do I meet you at?
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