01-07-2009, 03:30 AM
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Originally Posted by SinCrisis
i introduce fish to my tank without a quarantine period all the time, unless the fish looks sick. However black beard doesnt kill your plants quickly. Im pretty sure it kills by blocking out light. I had dwarf subutula covered in it for almost a year before introducing my siamese algae eater and the plant was perfectly fine. Like, it looked like fuzzy tenticales. So im sure the 2 weeks will be fine for your plants. If your worried about the BBA getting too established, just trim off affected leaves. BBA can be slowed or even stopped by, as aunt kymmie said, proper ferts for your plants, and the increase in CO2 levels. From what ive heard, overdosing Flourish excel is a good option, just make sure your not overdoing it too much, ie make sure your fish arent behaving diffrently.
Introducing fish to your tank without quarantine is risky buisness. You run the risk of infecting the whole tank if new fish are carrying a pathogen or bacterial disease . There are few who can identify fish suffering from bacterial infections which may or may not be present.