04-21-2013, 04:50 PM
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Though you'll see it recommended frequently enough, I'm not really a big fan of buying animals to 'fix' an algae problem. . . and am somewhat leery of using Excel. Neither of these methods will fix the underlying problem that is causing the algae to grow, and I really feel that it's important to correct the issue, rather than treat for the symptom.
when I had BBA, it was entirely due to too much light in the tank (in my case it was coming in through a window!), and once I cut back on the photo-period, I was able to re-establish the balance that worked for my tank, and the BBA has never been seen again! Hopefully it's that simple for you, too, and limiting the lighting will do the trick. Remember that it won't go away when you've got things right - you will have to remove the stuff manually. As your floaters begin to cover, and your stems begin to grow, you can start increasing your photo-period again until you figure out what works best in your tank. . . if the shorter photo-period is a problem for you, there are ways to physically block some of the light getting into the tank, or, if possible, you could try raising the lights higher above the tank which will reduce the intensity of the light that makes its way to the bottom.
Good luck! BBA can be so tenacious to get rid of once it gets into a tank. It can be done, though!
Last edited by Chesh; 04-21-2013 at 04:53 PM..