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Posted 6/19/2010 10:20:47 PM
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I have a couple of fake plants in my main tank.  Recently I've been removing this black hair-like stuff from some of these plastic plants.  Have not seen it on any of my real plants.  Is it algae or maybe the plastic is breaking down that seems far fetched.

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Posted 6/20/2010 10:01:09 AM


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It is a form of algae.

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Posted 6/22/2010 3:00:55 AM


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Are the "hairs" really short, about 1/4", but really thick like fur?  That stuff is hard to remove!!  You literally have to scrape it off bit by bit from the surface it's growing on. 

I had a problem with extremely long hair-like algae but it was bright green.  Actually, it wasn't really a problem ... in fact I let it keep growing just to see how thick the growth would get.  It was like a huge ball of green cotton candy!  The fish loved playing in it.  I finally cut it back with scissors before it took over the whole tank.  I've never had that type grow again ... 

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Posted 6/22/2010 6:02:34 AM


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Black brush or "beard" algae (Audouinella and other species) are Red Algae, or Rhodophytes. Black brush algae is the frustrating bane of some well-managed long-running aquariums. It's slow to get started, but so tenacious it can't be removed from its favored sites along the edges of broad slow-growing leaves (Anubias is a favorite) without damaging the leaf. Bit by bit it swamps the tank; it's difficult to eliminate.
The best single long article on red algae and how to avoid it and deal with it is by Neil Frank "Control of red algae in the freshwater aquarium" in a 1996 article in F.A.M.A., Nov and Dec 1996, The article is archived at the
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