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Old 02-06-2010, 09:08 PM   #11
 
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Reading over all between holly & myself I'm very sure she has black brush there no Diatoms
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:37 PM   #12
 
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I have a book on Algae with treatment
Brush/Beard (Rhodophyta)

This family includes both freshwater and marine species and may appear black, brown, red, or green in color. These furry tufts stick to plants, wood, rock, or just about anything in the aquarium, and it appears to trive in acidic water.

Known treatments:

H202 treatment- Use a syringe to spot treat problem areas. Then manually remove when BBA turns white.

Manual removal- Use toothbrush or wire brush to remove as much as possible. Sand paper will remove the last bits from objects.

Bleach treatment- Dip affected object/hardy plants in a bleach/water solutiion using a 1:19 ratio of bleach to water for two minutes. Rinse well before putting object back in the aquarium. I would not treat wood with bleach. This is the one I use all the time for new plants also to rid of snails.

Oxiclean treatment- Dip affected items in an Oxiclean solution, (pure, no additives)

Algae eaters- siamese algae eaters (SAE) and Amano shrimp.

Copper (not recommended in planted tanks or shrimp tanks or snail tanks) - There are commercial algaecides containing copper that will kill BBA, but they will most likely also kill your plants or shrimps or snails also.

Taken from the Algae Report book by Robert Paul Hudson. I hope this write up helps you.
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Old 02-06-2010, 11:03 PM   #13
 
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I'd pers try the 'less harsh' methods as discussed previously first (has worked well for me in the past).
I'd pers not wanna have to put Hydrogen peroxide, Bleach or Oxiclean on my plants (just my opinion) and/ or even worst into my tanks with sensitive fish in it.
I know you mean well eileen, but its often easier to eliminate algae with less harsh approaches, especially in planted aquariums (which indeed do work not just for me but many other members I walked through over the time on this forum)
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Old 02-06-2010, 11:35 PM   #14
 
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Thanks, Eileen, for the last response and this one. The algae I have right now is so little it is not even a problem or a worry. I mainly brought it up because I am going the live plant route this time around (just added more in the tank) and was unsure what my options were if I end up with more algae than i have now on the live plants. It is hardly that noticeable yet. I know that in the past with fake plants I would keep the glass cleaned and would take all the fake plants out now and then to clean. I was unsure on what to do with the live plants. I am glad to learn though that once I get things in a better balance, that there should be less of an algae problem in a live planted tank than in one that does not have live plants.

I know for sure that this tank is not low on circulation. If anything, there is too much circulation for live plants per discussions on this board. Also, I believe there is enough light and actually I think since I have been leaving the lights on for almost 15 hours a day, that is probably a contributing factor to a little algae.

I am glad that I have not had a really bad outbreak during the times I have kept fish, but I am so glad to have this board to come to, to learn about major algae problems in case they arise.

Thanks again for the info!


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I have a book on Algae with treatment
Brush/Beard (Rhodophyta)

This family includes both freshwater and marine species and may appear black, brown, red, or green in color. These furry tufts stick to plants, wood, rock, or just about anything in the aquarium, and it appears to trive in acidic water.

Known treatments:

H202 treatment- Use a syringe to spot treat problem areas. Then manually remove when BBA turns white.

Manual removal- Use toothbrush or wire brush to remove as much as possible. Sand paper will remove the last bits from objects.

Bleach treatment- Dip affected object/hardy plants in a bleach/water solutiion using a 1:19 ratio of bleach to water for two minutes. Rinse well before putting object back in the aquarium. I would not treat wood with bleach. This is the one I use all the time for new plants also to rid of snails.

Oxiclean treatment- Dip affected items in an Oxiclean solution, (pure, no additives)

Algae eaters- siamese algae eaters (SAE) and Amano shrimp.

Copper (not recommended in planted tanks or shrimp tanks or snail tanks) - There are commercial algaecides containing copper that will kill BBA, but they will most likely also kill your plants or shrimps or snails also.

Taken from the Algae Report book by Robert Paul Hudson. I hope this write up helps you.

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Old 02-07-2010, 01:08 AM   #15
 
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Do you have a lil lever or dial bottom on the filter you can adjust the outflow on???
I really think turing the lights down to 9-10hrs/day would really help that matter. (Not *tadda* overnight of cause but over a period of days yes)

I HIGHLY doubt with what you have been doing and are planning on doing you will not have a hardcore outbreak; highly doubt that....and as sad as this sounds for myself after all these yrs of keeping planted tanks looking back now some of the headaches I had truly brought upon myself and then the rest was just snowball style chain reaction from ad gone worst yea and well you know the outcome int he end

So even IF (which like I said I highly doubt) you had such a invasion we're all here to help right away (or as soon as we get back online anyway)
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