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    irritating, it is

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    to have bba growing in your hairgrass
    i should be glad it's not on the other plants, but it still gets on my nerves to see the bba nested in the hg where i can't possibly remove it

    how do you guys deal with this?

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    Yimin:
    I understand perfectly how you feel when you can't 100% get rid your BBA from your HG areas. When i first started Planted tanks, i too had choosen HG for Foreground plants, they started to grow nicely to a lush effect but BBA decided to huant me down.

    The first plant which BBA is seen is my HG. It Was Very very very extreamly irritating i just hate the sight of that black turf of hair it actually made my hair stands and goosepimples up.

    I tried to do WC every day removing as much as possible but it was to no luck did i manage to even control BBA. Didn't fert for bout 2mths, plants were getting yellower each day. i tried even the black out method didn't work.

    everytime i saw my tank with that BBA inside i just feel like removing every single thing in the tank.

    what i've found out that tanks without BBA will never get them even if you introduce them in but for those tanks which are affected, they are really difficult to cope.

    HG slow grower so i suppose BBA choose the easiest target to land on.

    Never dare trying HG again even if i like it.
    Cheers!

    Benetay

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    bene, my hg is growing nicely, the new ones are clear of it
    it's the dead hg which the bba is settling on, but the dead ones are joined at the roots to the new ones, so when i pull on it all of them come out
    i plan to cut the dead ones off at the roots next, hope it works

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    =touchwood= mine started on dead HG too...then slowly they become uncontrolable.
    Cheers!

    Benetay

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    will the use of a comb remove the bba?
    thomas liew

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    i tried
    the whole clump of HG comes out, no point

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    Outbreak[:0]

    hehehehe

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    what i did was to trim off the infected HG... it worked for me... the hg u trimmed will melt away but new leaves will grow shortly after...

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    Try Rosy Barb, but be warned, if you got any fine leaved plants, they will be eaten too. Plants like didip sure tekan by them. But the barbs do well to remove BBA.
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    u mean cut off at the roots, ryan?

    spilo, i have eustralis in there, and i don't believe in adding fish just for a specific purpose, thanks anyway [:]

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    i concur cutting off the roots man...i do believe in nutrient control.
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    Benetay

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    yeah man, but the rest of the plants are growing very nicely
    even the ludwigia peruensis is growing splendidly (hah, marcus, in your face~!)
    sigh

    just did a major haircut for the HG
    mowed down ALL the HG regardless of condition
    wonder if that works ^ ^
    if not i'll just switch to blyxa japonica, there's one clump growing right in the middle of the HG out of nowhere

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    pics?
    Cheers!

    Benetay

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    meditate on it, i will.

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    Try increasing CO2. I up my CO2 to the limit and BBA was under control. It did not disappear but it did not spread. All I did was remove the BBA manually.

    If I don't remember wrong, read that BBA uses HCO3- from water predominantly. High CO2 will benefit plant more than BBA.

    It is worth a try. But look out for your fishes. It is a very fine balance.

    BC

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    my co2 is already 8bps
    any more causes the bubbles to become much bigger
    *shrug*

    anyway, gave up and replanted with blyxa japonica [:]

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    Good choice of replanting it with other plants, i find HG really are headache..

    i wonder if my tank suits blyxa find it quite nice but never did try before..if i can grow balansae nicely will blyxa give problems?
    Cheers!

    Benetay

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    what i ment was just to trim off the hair grass that has bba on it... it worked for me lah... and of couse the water changes...

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    Ryan do u have a pic of yr tank will really love to see tanks wif HG...they look nice.
    Cheers!

    Benetay

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    actually when I was buying glosso from Teo, he recommended HG saying it is easier than glosso. however I was so confident then so I passed. Now that I'm done with glosso, am thinking about giving HG a try.
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