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Old 05-23-2013, 08:46 PM   #11
 
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I personally would start be fixing some of the light issues. The bulbs you have are not the best for plants. I would at the very least get some from a hardware store that are natural daylight bulbs with a Kelvin rating around 6500k. GE makes some that will work. That will but you in low lighting. Your Java ferns and Anubias will be fine with that lighting. Another bulb you can get is Zoo meds Ultra Sun super daylight bulbs or Hagen makes a bulb that will work. Both of those will have more intensity then a GE natural daylight bulb.
I would also just leave the lights on for 8hrs and try and see if you can block the sunlight from hitting the tank.
These changes should help. Remember the goal here is to stop the spreading of the BBA and not to kill it. This won't kill what there and using anything in the tank or on the plants them self can cause damage to the plants.
Try this for a couple of weeks if you see no change try reducing the light by another hour. Small changes and patience works best here.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:14 PM   #12
 
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I will get some Flourish Comprehensive. I can't find it in Petsmart or Petco, so I'll get it online. I didn't know it was necessary. No wonder my plants grow so slowly! I really can't afford different lighting, so I think I'll just cut the lighting down to 8 hrs. a day, every day, and block the sun (somehow) from hitting the glass in the afternoon. Thanks, guys!
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:45 PM   #13
 
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The GE daylight bulbs at Lowes costs about $13.
If you don't have a background you use construction paper color of your choice. That cost about a buck or soo. You can also use it on the sides or top of the tank to block the sun.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:54 PM   #14
 
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Will the GE bulbs fit in where the strips are now? I'd have to have something that would fit my set up as I'm not good at altering things. I do have a background. Its the front of the tank that the sun hits, so the background paper wouldn't help there. Thanks.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:09 PM   #15
 
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Are they T8 18"bulbs you have now??
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:24 PM   #16
 
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Just went back and looked where you said what the bulbs were. Yes the GE Bulbs will fit your hood.
You can take a bulb with you to the store and ask a sellsman for a bulb like yours except the new ones need to be a Daylight bulb around 6500 Kelvin. GE makes ones and I think there other brands that do aswell. The new bulbs will just pop in the same way as the old ones come out.
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:36 AM   #17
 
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Oh, that's great news! I'll go the hardware store and get those within the next few days. Can't thank you enough!
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:05 AM   #18
 
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I would get different tubes. What you are proposing will not likely help. I have experimented with these myself, so allow me to explain.

Tubes come in standard sizes (lengths), and basic wattage for the length. But the actual intensity of light emitted from a tube depends upon the phosphors and tube construction, and this is where they differ substantially.

The less expensive tubes by GE, Phillips and Sylvania in the 4-foot length are quite good; I use these on my dual-tube 4 and 5-foot tanks. But the smaller sizes like the 24-inch are not worth getting at all. I did an experiment over several months on my 29g which has a single T8 24-inch tube over it. The existing Life-Glo tube weakened due to age (I had it on for over 18 months) and I noticed this by the plants. So I replaced it with a GE Daylight 6500K. Within a matter of weeks, all the plants began dying. I left this tube in for 4 months, and basically killed everything except the Java Fern. I left the plant roots [some had like a single leaf yellowing, nothing more] and put a new Life-Glo tube over the tank. Within 3 weeks, leaves began appearing on the crypts, then the pygmy chain swords began rebounding though some didn't, being too far gone. The intensity of the Life-Glo is considerably more than that of basic tubes, at least in these smaller lengths. I've no numbers, but the proof is in the pudding, as they say.

So, to your Brush Algae. Normally this will occur on plant leaves due to too much light, or too many nutrients when some other nutrient is insufficient to balance. I have had both situations. So the trick is to find the balance. Brush algae on wood or rock is fine, I leave it alone. I take steps to correct the balance when I see it increasing on plant leaves.

First step here is to improve your light. As you intend staying with the present fixture, which is low light no matter what tubes, I would suggest you get Life-Glo tubes or ZooMed's UltraSun. The Life-Glo is what I use on all my single-tube tanks. They last for 12-18 months. They are more expensive, but they are superior as I mentioned above.

Second, use a comprehensive liquid fertilizer like Flourish Comprehensive Supplement once a week; in a 55g I would dose 1 teaspoon on the day following the water change every week.

Third, keep direct sun off the tank. Sun light is very bright, even more than we realize, and just an hour of it makes a big difference. Algae is able to take advantage of imbalanced tanks, where light and nutrients are not properly balanced, and the plants cannot adequately compete in this situation.

Hope this helps to explain things.

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Old 05-25-2013, 02:52 PM   #19
 
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Thanks, Byron. I can't afford the more expensive lights right now, so that will have to be out the window. I did order the Flourish Comprehensive (500ml) last night, so I'm glad both you and Boredomb agree that I need it, as its already on its way! I'm going to figure out a way to keep that late afternoon sun off the tank.

I had no idea I didn't need to clean the BBA off the rocks and caves! That's good--lots less work for me! The anubia seemed to tolerate the bleach well, and the BBA is hardly visible on it now. We'll see how this goes. With my columnaris outbreaks and now this stubborn BBA is really getting me down. I feel better now knowing that I'm doing something positive to fix it.
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Old 05-25-2013, 03:00 PM   #20
 
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The bulbs that Byron mentioned (as so did I earlier in the thread.) cost about $13 a piece at a petstore. They will fit your existing hood just like the cheaper GE bulbs.
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