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sea hair.

Discussion in 'Fish Discussion' started by mr.clownfish, May 1, 2009.

  1. mr.clownfish

    mr.clownfish New Member

    do they eat hair algae?
    does anyone have one? are they easy to care for?
  2. flower

    flower Well-Known Member

    Originally Posted by Mr.clownfish

    do they eat hair algae?
    does anyone have one? are they easy to care for?
    They do indeed eat hair algae...they can poison the tank if they get upset. So read up on them before you get one.
    I personally got a Kole Tang to eat my hair algae.
  3. nycbob

    nycbob New Member

    i hv never seen a kole tang eat hair algae. maybe there r some that will. on the other hand, the dolebella sea hares from this site definitely eat hair algae. get only 1 per tank, as they can devour all of it within a week. not only r they good at hair algae, but they will also stir ur sandbed clean.
  4. mr.clownfish

    mr.clownfish New Member

    WOW im going to get one.
    what stresses them out?
    i have high flowing water all over my tank... will that annoy them?
  5. nycbob

    nycbob New Member

    water flow wouldnt bother it. it is cool looking. i am surprised not more people get them for their reef tank. i hv one in my fowlr and one in my reef.
  6. hammerhed7

    hammerhed7 New Member

    They eat hair algae like nobody's business, just be sure to feed algae sheets, or rehome the hare to an algae filled tank to prevent starvation. Also the have a relatively short lifespan from my experience, 12 months or less in my experience. Depending on the species
  7. meowzer

    meowzer Moderator Staff Member

    Mine lasted 2 weeks...I had one in the 54g and one in the 225g...believe me there was plenty for them to eat....the one in the 225g got skinny and died
    The one in the 54g just died....I put algae sheets in too...who knows
  8. truperc

    truperc New Member

    My 2 cents.
    I have a blue dot sea hare. It mowed down my hair algae like nobody's business. (I have heard this is not always the case)
    The problem I see is keeping it fed.
    When I bought the sea hare the LFS said that it would take it a while to make it through the algae in a 60 G tank.
    Surprise Surprise...they were wrong.
    IME feeding algae sheets does not always wet their appetite, so keep that in mind.
  9. oceansidefish

    oceansidefish New Member

    I have a dolabella sea hare...IMO that is the best species for any tank. They don't mind flow at all are are just fine in a reef. If you have a decent sized tank them dieing is not really much of a issue. I have found that mine does dissapear on a regular basis...They are nocturnal, he always pops back up though
  10. mr.clownfish

    mr.clownfish New Member

    i have way too much. when u look at it its like looking at the back of someones head with long hair. it almost looks like maidens hair. or turtle grass except much darker. i think i could feed a herd of them. lol well maybe one should do it. how much do they cost usually??
  11. nycbob

    nycbob New Member

    here, $12.99. at my lfs, $22. the dolabella hare will finish ur tank's hair algae within a week.
  12. meowzer

    meowzer Moderator Staff Member

    Or die.....
  13. mr.clownfish

    mr.clownfish New Member

    i think i have enough for it to last a good while trust me the rocks in my tank look like a forest
  14. meowzer

    meowzer Moderator Staff Member

    Originally Posted by Mr.clownfish

    i think i have enough for it to last a good while trust me the rocks in my tank look like a forest
    So did mine in the 225g...it actually died before the one in the 54g
    I do not know why
  15. liljay0418

    liljay0418 New Member

    this is what they look like when you keep them fed...
  16. meowzer

    meowzer Moderator Staff Member

    ewwww...that looks slimy

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