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post #1 of 14 Old 02-04-2014, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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BBA, is it worth the risk?

I've been considering trading a large chunk of my hygro for some plants that take up slightly less space.

And I got an offer from a guy who has a large amazon sword. Says that he's been battling BBA and if I am willing to take the risk, he'll trade one of his swords for a chunk of my hygro.

Now, my tank isn't even fully stocked yet. A 75 gallon with 6(soon to be 7) growing angels, 4 gouramis, 1 bulldog pleco, a coupla amano shrimps and a bagillion snails. I dose with DIY CO2 maybe every other month, dose liquid ferts every Weds and stuff a root tab under my lotus plant every 3-ish months



What's your take on this? Is is worth the risk? Do you think it'll die off in my tank?

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post #2 of 14 Old 02-04-2014, 01:41 AM
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just do a patassium permanganate or hydrogen peroxide dip.this will kill any bba.

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post #3 of 14 Old 02-04-2014, 01:48 AM
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I didn't realize BBA was contagious? I thought it was just a imbalance.

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post #4 of 14 Old 02-04-2014, 08:45 AM
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Personally, unless Swords are hard to come by for you or it's a rare type I wouldn't risk it , not enough upside
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post #5 of 14 Old 02-04-2014, 11:08 AM
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Kudos to him for letting you know about the BBA!
The algae, like other algae, is spread by spores. Not worth the aggravation! If you can avoid BBA, do it!
A bleach dip will work, but can be tough on the plant.

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post #6 of 14 Old 02-04-2014, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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I agree! I am quite grateful for the honesty this person has displayed.

And I, as well, worry about the stress dips can do to plants. I also greatly worry about the dips transferring into my tank.

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post #7 of 14 Old 02-04-2014, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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So, all in all, you don't feel like the BBA would be worth it? Even if I do a bleach dip and wipe off all the leaves as much as possible?

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post #8 of 14 Old 02-04-2014, 02:38 PM
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why use a bleach dip when you can use a hydrogen peroxide dip?it is a proven algaecide. it will kill the algae and is safe.you only need to rinse it in regular water. hydrogen peroxide should be used at a 2ml/gallon for dip. it breaks down into water after the hydrogen bond has been broken..potassium permanganate is still safer than bleach.why use the most caustic option?for potassium permanganate and bleach dip,watch you tube video by tithra33 new plant sterilization.http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...2nXAMcrbSHnLIQ

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post #9 of 14 Old 02-04-2014, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Well it's the only thing I currently have available in my home and if you google it, many people have done bleach dips with little issues. My dog is currently having some skin issues and I've been using peroxide coupled with coconut oil on her wounds and I've ran out of peroxide yesterday. I won't be able to get anymore for about 2 weeks. I also haven't heard of doing peroxide dips, I heard of injecting peroxide, but not dips.

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post #10 of 14 Old 02-04-2014, 03:11 PM
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i was not saying bleach does not work. ithought you said you were worried about introducing nasty chemicals into your tank. i was trying to give you gentler options. you can also google peroxide dips,it may come in handy for future uses. did you check out the video i sent a link to? she is a moderator on koko's goldfish forum.she has some nice videos about betta,goldfish and general fish keeping.

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