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Tankfull Tropicals 09-26-2012 10:23 PM

Help with Algae.
Does anyone know if you can boil Powerheads? I have a real problem with black Beard Algae in 13 tanks and want it gone.:cry:

Reefing Madness 09-27-2012 12:18 AM

Sure you can. But why not just dip em in bleach and rinse them really well. And by boiling, I mean, dip them into boiling water, don't actually leave em on the burner to boil.

AbbeysDad 09-27-2012 07:47 AM

Yea, I'd say a cup of bleach in a gallon of water should do the trick.

For rocks and decor, I like a cup or two of white vinegar in a high temperature wash in the dishwasher. Cleans everything very nice.

Note1: I don't regularly do the above but have done it with success several times.
Note2: I have never had black beard algae.

Byron 09-27-2012 07:28 PM

Nothing to add re the filter cleaning issue, but something on the brush/beard algae. This occurs due to light, so reducing the light intensity so that it is balanced with the nutrients (assuming planted tanks) is essential or this algae will keep coming back. Light must be the limiting factor to plant growth. And, BTW, it is normal to have algae of some type, provided it is under control. My wood in my tanks is covered in this algae, but I aim to keep it off the plants and the lighting duration (intensity in my case is not an issue) does that.


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