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    Green Star Polyps

    Hello Everyone
    I have some Hair Algea problem
    Its on his way out, got a cleaning crew and my Phos/Nitrate on there way to 0.0
    Only problem is, my Green Star Polyps beeing a purple mat with cravasses, is filled with GHA...I could take the coral out and using a toothbrush cleaning it.
    But i am worry that i would kill the polyps or else..
    Is there a dip or another way to localy clean the corals!
    Or should i wait it out hoping it will fade away with time and the coral will recover....
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    try and hand pick your hair algea.
    its the easiest/safest method.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    Reduce feeding, lighting and 5 minutes every day to remove the hair from your tank... evnetually your going to get the upper hand on this stuff.

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    Thx
    Like i was saying, its almost gone :b16:
    You guys gave me all kind of help in a previous post i had.
    Fox Face is doing a hell of a job! all the media are also in!

    What i am worried about is, say you have a rock, on it there is a coral, you already removed the longest turf you can get at, all there is left now is little turf all around the edge of the coral,but still hinders the coral in some way.
    (or for my green star, its still on the purple mat between the polyps core who are not coming out because(ithink)of the algea)
    It isnt going away yet, just not madly growing.
    I kinda want to fine tune the rock with coral but also since my coral are 2 weeks after a move and are still recovering, i dont want to finish'em eighter.

    Keep in mind i am still 50% french! the way i word my phrase i know, is hard to understand, i do apologize and thank you all for the headache it might cause :b3:
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    When you get your phosphates/nitrates in control, the stuff you can't pull out will die off and the rock/coral will be clean of algae. Star polyps are pretty tough and as long as it's not completely covered by algae it should survive. It will take a little longer for the stuff you can't pull out to go away but trust me it will go. I've had a few battles with GHA and thankfully I've come out on top

    Good luck

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    Green Star Polyps are very tough, I have cleaned mine with a toothbrush out of water, and they weren't damaged at all. They opened up the next day. You could also use a turkey baster first to see if you can blast it off that way. I recently had a bad Cyano outbreak, and my Star Polyps stayed closed for about 3 weeks. They are finally opening up now that I've beaten the nasty red stuff.

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    At times, I try to eradicate my GSP by taking a 2" wire wheel on my electric drill and under running tap water I grind full pressure to remove all traces of GSP from the rock...it still comes back, so using a toothbrush will do GSP no harm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rudall View Post
    At times, I try to eradicate my GSP by taking a 2" wire wheel on my electric drill and under running tap water I grind full pressure to remove all traces of GSP from the rock...it still comes back, so using a toothbrush will do GSP no harm.
    maybey i dont have GSP then, its a puplre mat and i could remove it just by pulling on it!
    eighter way i did the toothbrush trick, its nice n purple now, i hope they will come out soon!
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    I have gsp slowly becoming a nuisance in my tank. I cut them, rip them, yank them. They're as tough as nails. Which reminds me, they're slowly creeping up my birdsnest coral, there'll be some trimming and cutting this weekend. As for the hair algae, I had it at the 4th month when my tank was new; It lasted 2 months and never came back.
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