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Discussion in 'Algae' started by dougz, Oct 15, 2008.
How do I get rid of it?
It's in my tennelus, as well as the anubias..
The guys over at APC say it's because I'm not adding any macro ferts, and my CO2 is too low, and that I should try the EI dosing method..
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.
Ok, I'll try that, thanks!
That doesn't look like BBA to me. try this link:
Aquarium Algae ID (updated 16th Spet '08) (scroll to the bottom for photos and recommended treatments)
Great link, thanks!!
Looks like staghorn algae..
If I were to take out the barteri and treat it with Excel, how much should I dilute the Excel?
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?
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.
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..
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?
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..
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.
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..
As promised, here's some recent shots of the staghorn plague..
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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