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    Ammonia spike occurs when there is an increase of bio-load, which may not last long and not deadly. Usually it happens when you increase your feeding or shrimps, you wash your filter or anaerobic bacteria in the water column / aerobic bacteria in filter and substrate are not reproducing enough.

    There is a way to reduce spirogya (but not remove completely), is to siphon them using a 4/6mm air tube when you are changing water. This will reduce their population a little bit. However, once you have ammonia spike, it can grow up to 10cm within a week. They are really annoying.
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    In another tank I had hair algae that grew on all surfaces at the same time. It was on the glass, substrate, rocks, and moss. This type of algae I think is alot more annoying, because i'ts uncontrollable, it covers everything. Since I have made some changes to this tank, now I just have some spot algae, the hairs are gone. In the CBS tank the spirogya just grows in these two lumps, it's sort of like a "real" plant, but I can imagine how annoying it could be when it grows fast due to some ammonia problems..

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    Which type of hair algae?
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    I have a similar algae. It has come along with new setup(high nutrient), high light and poor water flow I believe.

    Your tank and video are great. The CBS look very happy, there's so many of them, congratulations!

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    Thanks Newbreed, yes they seem to like their little home.

    Hyoushoku, I don't know the name of the algea.. It was a lot weaker than the spyrogia that I have now, it was easy to remove, but grew faster.. ..and covered everything with small to large length hairs.

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    Is the strand more coarse than Spirogyra or about the same?
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    It's about the same.

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    Those are the common hair algae. They can be easily eliminated by dosing 1ml 3% H2O2 per gallon of water for a few days. They should turn white or red, depending on they are green or red algae, with 2 to 3 days and after that will die. Shrimp love to eat dying hair algae.

    Hair algae do not grow out of no where like others, they hitch hike from plants and water. Usually when I setup new tank, after the tank is cycled (with thick biofilm on the tank glass) and after I put in the plant, I will do H2O2 treatment for a few days to remove some of these annoying algae. In this way, you will not get outbreak of algae that shrimp do not eat.
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    Very useful information, thanks.

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    You are welcome.
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