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Uh-oh.. Black Beard Algae? :(

Discussion in 'Algae' started by dougz, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. dougz

    dougz New Member

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    How do I get rid of it?

    It's in my tennelus, as well as the anubias..
     
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    Not sure what the long term solution is for keeping BBA at bay - I pops up in my tanks every now and again.

    To knock it down is pretty easy.

    Apply a few mls of Seachem Excel directly on to the plants that are infected (with a syringe) and in a couple of days it will turn pinkish and then gray at which point it is pretty much dead.

    Don't do the whole tank in one day - just do small patches each day.

    Excel may damage some plants in the process, but it shouldn't kill them.
     
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    Ok, I'll try that, thanks!
     
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    Great link, thanks!!
     
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    Looks like staghorn algae..

    If I were to take out the barteri and treat it with Excel, how much should I dilute the Excel?
     
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    awesome link. So i have noticed my micro swords and hydro are suffering from the same algae. I am trying a different approach by adding alot more water circulation.

    Can you keep an update on how well the excel works?
     
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    Had that kind of alge. I put a tonne of cardina japonica shrimp got rid of it in a week but take a lot. I was lucky a rent my shrimp from the lfs where i work have to have some extra benefits somme time.
     
  10. dougz

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    I have 2 yo-yos, and I heard they don't mix well with shrimp, so trying this..

    The staghorn has gotten 1000x worse since that photo I put in the initial post..

    I'll put up a recent one tomorrow..

    :)
     
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    so if it got worse the excel didn't work i gather. If injecting CO2 will it harm the shrimp? And can amano shrimp be purchased at a lfs?
     
  12. dougz

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    I hadn't dosed it with Excel yet..

    Have to wait till I get some..

    Not as long as it's below 45ppm, same as for all tropical fish..

    Depends on your lfs.. :)
     
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    thank you dougz. Just recently i added a power head to my 10 and the algae seems to be clearing slightly. Keep us posted on the excel.
     
  14. dougz

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    Yeah? Interesting..

    Might be cyanobacteria, then..

    I had the same algae starting up, but manual removal and waving my hand over the bits that popped up and after a while it went away..

    Will do..
     
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    As promised, here's some recent shots of the staghorn plague..

    Not pretty.. :(

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    I dont think that is staghorn algae. It looks like uninhibited fuzz algae.

    Has anyone told you to shorten the light duration? Your algae issue is getting worse. I would turn the lights out for two-three days. Manually remove as much as possible. Excel tricks will help rid the stubborn stuck-on algae.

    That would get the issue under control. I would take one hour off the light duration and see if things get better. Be sure to check your co2 and avoid inconsistent co2.
     

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