Turf scrubber without hair algae


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This may be a strange question, but I have a tank that never had any live rock, or anything in it that has introduced hair algae. My nitrates and phosphates are high (nitrates 40, phosphates over 2.5), so my glass gets dirty very fast, and everything else is covered in a layer of algae.

I don't want to introduce hair algae (I have had tanks where I had to fight it), but I was thinking about adding a turf scrubber to help with nitrates and phosphates. Will it even work without the verities of algae on live rock, etc?


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Just do it. You will get hair algae almost guaranteed. It's spores are in the air I believe. If not I am sure some other algae will pop up. After all you have algae on you glass and everything else already!