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Help me with this algea on my anubias

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Old 07-18-2013, 07:26 PM   #21
 
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So, how do you get the carbon OUT of filter media? I use a Penguin Bioweel.
Sorry for lurking... lol, I do that a lot
You can cut the bag open, and empty the carbon, or just run 2 of the sponges instead of the carbon pouch.
The carbon will become ineffective after about 3-4 weeks, and just become a bio filter, so if you have had it in there for that long then it is a non issue.

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Old 07-18-2013, 07:39 PM   #22
 
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You can cut the bag open, and empty the carbon, or just run 2 of the sponges instead of the carbon pouch.
The carbon will become ineffective after about 3-4 weeks, and just become a bio filter, so if you have had it in there for that long then it is a non issue.

I replace it every few weeks.Is it still good that I use carbon?
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:56 PM   #23
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With plants you don't want or need carbon.

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Old 07-18-2013, 10:27 PM   #24
 
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Just for the record, I forgot to mention I also have swords, so I use the tabs for the Apon and swords. So I wonder if I should be using the Flourish Comprehensive now? I seem to be getting conflicting opinions. I only have two swords in my 55 gallon tank, and the Apon. Maybe I should stop the Flourish liquid when it's gone and use the tabs only?

As for the BBA on Anubias, OMG. It's almost impossible to get it off without damaging the leaves! BBA is an awful thing to have. I can see it starting up again in my tank now. It's hard to block out ALL the sunlight, and in the small area where it hits, here comes the BBA again. That stuff is tenacious as h***!
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:58 PM   #25
 
Rocky..Did you try the hydrogen Peroxide on your BBA?I'm going to try it tomorrow when I go get some at the store.
I use the tabs for my rooted plants like swords ect..And flourish for plants like Anubias.
You need more plants in that 55.I have so many in my 36.Its addicting.I love plants and so does my Blue eyed Albino Long Fin Ancistus,Zebra Oto's and Hillstream Loaches.I have to trim away alot if eaten and dead leaves weekly due to them.But that ok.
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:25 PM   #26
 
[quote=dave56;2585178]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.[/QUOT

How much hydrogen peroxide do I use?I squirt 2 full syringes in the tank on the plants but I don't know how much is enough?
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:33 PM   #27
 
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You can use as much as it takes to do 2 plants per day without problems. Just keep filling the syringe and slowly squirt the peroxide directly on the BBA. You should see results in 24 hrs. The BBA will turn reddish pink as it dies. Wait 24 hrs then do a couple more plants. The peroxide molecules separate after a few minutes. Leave filters off for about 20 min. during, and after treatment.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:08 PM   #28
 
Ok...My driftwood has it on it also.There is a Anubias attached to it.Can I take it out and dunk it in a bowl with water and peroxide in it?
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:44 PM   #29
 
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Yeah. That would be fine. Give it a 5 minute soak, then return it to the tank. You could rinse the driftwood some before putting it back in your tank.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:49 PM   #30
 
Ok great...Thank you for all your help.Ordering my new bulb (6,700) next week.
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