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Bga

Discussion in 'Algae' started by lucasgg, Feb 9, 2012.

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To exterminate blue green algae

  1. By dosing an algaecide

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  2. By adding more plants

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  3. By adding co2

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  4. By "carpeting"

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  1. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    I've just started having BGA here and it just started to grow up quickly.
    I would like to know if there any blue green algae eaters that won't reproduce like warp speed.
    I wouldn't like to have any snail in my tank.
    The algae is mostly comming from the sand.
    Please let me know if there's any info I need to include.
     

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  2. ShadowMac

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    Increase the amount of nitrates in aquarium.
     
  4. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    There we go!
     
  5. ShadowMac

    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    that pic is way too small for me to see the issue.

    I can see the tank is sparsely planted. I would add more plants and increase nitrates as was mentioned. hygrophilia difformis and/or water sprite a couple fast growers that will help get things moving in the right direction. Otherwise some water changes and reducing your light.
     
  6. ghostsword

    ghostsword Aspiring Aquascaper Staff Member

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    Why not carpet the bga? :)

    Alternatively, lots of hygros, easy carbo and the usual ferns.


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  7. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    Carpet the BGA?
     
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    Hi there!

    I agree, the photo is way to small. But the description of your problem sounds like Cyano bacteria. Upload a bigger photo and you'll get more precise answers.
     
  9. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    I do have Cyano bacteria.
    im sorry for the blurriness
     
  10. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    34 wats for the entire tank
    no co2
    20 gallon long
    aqua clear 50
     
  11. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    ok so far i have 1 vote to ad co2 to my tank.
    other voters are welcome. :)
     
  12. Scifficus

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    Increase nitrates. Work like magic. 40 ppm and you're done.
     
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    I'm not sure, if only increasing NO3 will help to get the cyanos off.

    You have to reach a balanced nutrientlevel. CO2 and NPK is important. Collect the cyanos as good as possible day by day, put CO2 to your tank and try to fertilze daily. You have to know, that cyanos aren't easy to quit.
     
  14. ShadowMac

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    With so little plants, I don't see an increase in ferts or CO2 helping.

    I would remove as much of the BGA as you can and then add a bunch of plants. Once the plants are in there make sure you are dosing your fertilizers. If you do not have pressurized CO2 be sure to add excel or another liquid carbon source.
     
  15. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    The only way I can remove it quickly is by a water change.
    If I pick little bits of algae I can't really do much in a day.
    Would it be ok if I did a water change now?
     
  16. ShadowMac

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    frequent water changes will help.

    can you scoop out the sand with the bga? cut off leaves that have it?
     
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    I used spring water once to do water changes thinking that it would be better for the fish/plants...wrong. I had BGA/cyanobacteria in no time. The quickest safest and easiest way to get rid of it is to dose your tank with antibiotics like Eurithromycin, or one of the myricin products. I followed the instructions and presto chango! Not only did the BGA die but some of the other algeas were damaged and took a long time to reestablish. Try it. best of luck!
     
  18. ShadowMac

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    It will eventually return if the underlying issues are not taken care of. Erythromycin, IMO, is a short cut that treats symptoms not causes. If you manage to stop it from spreading and it seems to be improving, but you cannot get rid of it all then dose the med.

    But until you find out why it is proliferating it will only be a temporary fix.
     
  19. lucasgg

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    What does CARPETING the algae mean?
    How is this done?
    Do I need any particular medicine?
    Can you do it with plants that are short and near the substrate?
     
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