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Help me with this algea on my anubias
Old 07-18-2013, 10:53 AM   #11
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I keep seeing Excel being suggested as a first line of carbon supplementation and thought I would look a little closer at the product.

I run medium to heavily planted tanks with 12 to 14 hour photo periods with good growth and no nuisance algae. I use Flourish Comprehensive once every week or so and root tabs for swords. I don't believe that carbon supplementation is necessary in any but the higher energy systems where fast growth is desired for whatever reasons.

The ingredient in the product that keeps getting negatively mentioned is Glutaraldehyde (chemical name 1,5-Pentanedial). To me, any aldehyde is suspect when being used for living organisms as they are used as preservatives, disinfectants and various microbiocidal applications.

So why put it into a tank at all? I'll go off on that tangent elsewhere.

Anyway, something is out of balance and with algae, it is most often the lighting so start by dropping it, 8 hours might be a good place to start. It's far easier to reduce something and watch for results than to start adding one thing, reducing another and changing something else, you'll never know what the problem was and may even introduce another imbalance.

I'm not sure about that algae, can it be rubbed off of the leaf at all? It would be easier to do that if it comes off even a bit than trying to kill it... which won't work long term until after you have the balance right anyway.

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Old 07-18-2013, 11:52 AM   #12
 
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To me 8 hours is as long as I would ever have my lights on. Maybe cut to 5 hours for about a week two then go back to 8, do a water change about ever 3 days for awhile. Maybe try the previous suggestions with the Excel and Peroxide. Also make sure to clean your gravel during the water change, if you have gravel. Make sure your temp is normal as well.
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:00 PM   #13
 
I will try reducing the lights to 6 hrs.Im going to try the perixide also.i do have sand in my tank.I hear mix reviews about Excel.I stopped using it because of that.Algea is only really on my Anubias
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:09 PM   #14
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Here's a post that I finished from the one that I sort of started earlier here... if you wanted a bit more info on Excel.

Linky posty viola!

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Old 07-18-2013, 12:10 PM   #15
 
Ok thank u
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:51 PM   #16
 
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I HATE BBA! Is any sunlight ever hitting your tank? Even for a short time? My BBA started because of sunlight. Now that I keep it off the tank, it's easier to control. I've also started using Flourish liquid once a week, but I've heard that using just tabs should be enough, as I only have Java Ferns an Apon. and Anubias in my tank.
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:19 PM   #17
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I HATE BBA! Is any sunlight ever hitting your tank? Even for a short time? My BBA started because of sunlight. Now that I keep it off the tank, it's easier to control. I've also started using Flourish liquid once a week, but I've heard that using just tabs should be enough, as I only have Java Ferns an Apon. and Anubias in my tank.
The tabs are for root feeding plants only, which anubias and java fern are not. They may help the Apons as they are but they are best for swords and the like.

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Old 07-18-2013, 03:23 PM   #18
 
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It will start on the Anubias and end up on everything in the tank if you do not get it in control. BBA is one tough cookie when you get a outbreak.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:27 PM   #19
 
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Yup. the plain old 3% hydrogen peroxide you can find bout anywhere.
Personally I find no reason to use carbon in any aquarium, unless your trying to remove meds from a treatment for some illness.
In a planted tank it can actually remove some nutrients that are needed by your plants.
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Personally I find no reason to use carbon in any aquarium, unless your trying to remove meds from a treatment for some illness.
In a planted tank it can actually remove some nutrients that are needed by your plants.
So, how do you get the carbon OUT of filter media? I use a Penguin Bioweel.
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