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RackinRocky 05-21-2013 03:26 PM

Is this BBA?
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Is this black beard algae? This is a 55 gallon tank that's been cycled for close to a year. Nitrates hover around 5-10. A-0 N-0. I need to know its definitely BBA so I'll know how to treat it. Some say more light, some say less. I've only got one side of tank lit for several days now, and have the other side down to 9 hours now. Bio Sorb? Will that help? Its a BEAR to remove!

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jaysee 05-21-2013 08:00 PM

I can't quite tell. If it's furry, it's likely to be BBA.

RackinRocky 05-21-2013 10:00 PM

YES! Its furry. What is the best solution to this problem?

jaysee 05-21-2013 10:19 PM

beats me. It's next to impossible to get rid of. I have it in some of my tanks - it adds character ;-)

RackinRocky 05-22-2013 12:16 AM

OMG, so I'm stuck with it? Its so ugly! It doesn't go well in my tank. My pretty multi-colored river rocks are now black, and so are the edges of my anubias, as you can see. I'm afraid it'll spread everywhere. How disgusting. Anyone have any solutions?

OSagent23 05-22-2013 01:30 AM

I've heard (don't know how try this is) that Chinese algae eaters eat BBA. Got to get them when they are young so they have to hunger to eat it. Don't quote me on this though.

Boredomb 05-22-2013 01:56 AM


Originally Posted by RackinRocky (Post 2111705)
I've only got one side of tank lit for several days now, and have the other side down to 9 hours now.

What do you mean exactly by that statement?? You have one side lit for 9 hours and the other for several days in a row?? Am I understanding that correctly??

That is BBA by the way and there are ways to fight it. So no your not stuck with it. Well to a point, there's no way of getting the Bba that's there gone besides removing the effected leaves/plant but you can stop it from spreading.
It all comes down to lighting and nutrients. So with that said we need more info.
How long are the lights on for durning the day? What type of lights are they? What type of bulb(s)? Do you use fertilizer for the plants? Does the tank get hit by sunlight? Is this a standard 48" 55 gallon? Is the whole tank effect by this or just some plants?? Any info you can think of will help aid in you stopping the spread of BBA.

jaysee 05-22-2013 07:05 AM

Yeah, I would just remove whatever has the BBA on it if you don't want it. Mine is on pieces of decor and the spraybar, so it gives it a more natural look IMO. I would it want it on the substrate or live plants either.

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RackinRocky 05-23-2013 06:35 PM

Yes, its a standard 48" 55. What I MEANT to type was that I have had the lights out in one half of the tank for several days now. That's where the majority of the BBA is. The OTHER half was lit for 10 hours previously. Now I'm leaving the lights on for only 8-9 hours daily. I only have the standard lighting that the tank came with (flourescent) Marineland. F15TA/18", one on each side. BUT... late afternoon sunlight hits part of the tank for approx. an hour to an hour and a half this time of year.

I use fertilizer (Flourish root tabs) for my swords. I have only 3 tabs in that tank. I use nothing else for fertilizing. I do have several small java ferns in there. Just the tall anubia is the only plant affected, although pieces of the cave I have in there, and several of my river rocks also have it.

I read online to use bleach (1 part to 9 parts water) on the Anubia, and I did that, for a two minute soak. I rinsed it very well and soaked it in water with Prime for half an hour before replacing it. I did the same with the river rocks and pieces of cave that were affected. Anything else I should be doing?

JDM 05-23-2013 08:07 PM

If you are only using root tabs then your other plants are not getting all that they need. Using a liquid fertilizer (Seachem's Flourish Comprehensive for example) provides key trace nutrients that the non-rooted plants need and this could be a factor in the outbreak. Fertilizing the plants will help them to grow to their potential and they will then be better able to use other nutrients that are present that the algae are currently using... basically the plants can then out compete the algae for water sourced nutrients and minerals.

I started out not intending to fertilize my plants but now am glad that I do... I have not seen algae other than the normal trace amounts and a little BBA on some dead vall leaves... not enough to worry about as I can just cut off the offending pieces if I want to. Everything else is clean.


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