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View Poll Results: What algae can't you get rid of?

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  • BBA (Black brush/beard algae)

    171 38.86%
  • BGA (Blue-green Algae)

    50 11.36%
  • GSA (Green spot algae)

    84 19.09%
  • Green Water

    21 4.77%
  • Staghorn Algae

    35 7.95%
  • Thread/Hair Algae

    152 34.55%
  • Brown/Diatoms

    33 7.50%
  • Green dust algae

    23 5.23%
  • Other algae from hell!!! (Pls specify)

    4 0.91%
  • Algae? What's that? (No algae whatsoever in my tank)

    9 2.05%
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    Re: What algae can't you get rid of?

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    hair algae for me

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    Re: What algae can't you get rid of?

    green water is really hard to eliminate ~_~
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    Spot algae for me... Manual removing is easy but it's the biggest algae issue for me


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    Re: What algae can't you get rid of?

    Black Beard Algae for me. No matter what I do, it's always come back. I tear down the whole tank, start anew and a few weeks later they return.

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    Re: What algae can't you get rid of?

    Every algae I can managed them very well and my tank is almost algae free with the right balance.

    Every now and then will always have green algae on glass but can be manually scrub off.

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    Re: What algae can't you get rid of?

    Algae that i hate most is BBA, it just keep coming back.
    BBA doesnt just stick with my moss, but they attach to OHKO rocks, after plants everything nicely, shrimps start to carry eggs, then BBA attack.
    Its about 5 months now i only able to control the growth of BBA.

    Anyone knows how to kill this thing? Overdose excel is not an option as i keep moss and shrimps in the that.
    Sometimes i see yamato chewing on the BBA, but the effect is sooooo slow. Maybe i should put 10-20 yamatos inside? LOL~

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    Re: What algae can't you get rid of?

    I have never seen BBA in tanks with high CO2 content

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azzurri3 View Post
    I have never seen BBA in tanks with high CO2 content
    Does 3bps count as high?
    I'm having slight but aggressively spreading bba.
    Excel makes them pink then white.
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    Re: What algae can't you get rid of?

    bps pretty much mean nothing. Get drop checker, it is not the best CO2 measuring equipment but at least it give you the feeling what 3bps mean to your tank.
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    Re: What algae can't you get rid of?

    Cladophora.
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    Re: What algae can't you get rid of?

    I have green dust algae which looks light lime neon green on my rocks.
    Is it because of high light?

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    Re: What algae can't you get rid of?

    Quote Originally Posted by marimo View Post
    I have green dust algae which looks light lime neon green on my rocks.
    Is it because of high light?
    I guess thats because with high light, especially if your rock stand vertically high and closer to the bulbs.

    I have the ohko stone with green/brownish algae (can't identify what algae is that) sitting on the stones, especially to certain areas that facing toward the bulbs.
    I don't know how to remove it actually. My SAE and otto seems doesn't do their homework well to this particularly.

    As long it seems natural, doesnt really bother me. Though i curious how to clean this if possible.

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    Re: What algae can't you get rid of?

    For this I like to reduce the water level to expose the affected parts to air. The paint some diluted Excel on the lime green parts. Leave on for half hour.

    * Note-save the water and put it back or just do it during your regular weekly WC. Be extra careful not to drip too much Excel especially for tanks below 2 ft.

    The algae will die slowly and turn white. Your shrimps will have a feast. You can hasten it's removal the next week with a toothbrush & WC.

    2nd way is to remove the rocks and bleach it. Soak in some anti chlorine, then return it to the tank. I do this for BBA, GBA[Green brush algae] & GSA. Lilypipes and other stuff that gets all this sticky algae also gets bleached. Bleach is a very useful product but don't touch it and do it in well ventilated area.
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    Re: What algae can't you get rid of?

    Whats is the comparation of the diluted excel / easy carbo and water should be?

    As well as the diluted bleach for the other option

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    Re: What algae can't you get rid of?

    I have staghorns and bba in the low flow areas - how do you guys ensure the flow goes through out the tank?

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    Re: What algae can't you get rid of?

    Quote Originally Posted by milk_vanilla View Post
    Whats is the comparation of the diluted excel / easy carbo and water should be?

    As well as the diluted bleach for the other option

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    I just guestimate.

    2-3X for excel

    Bleach- if it's going to be a big rock i use it pure and only 'painting it on'.

    Small rocks- if you have a sealable container 3X dilution should be potent enough to do the job quickly.
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    Re: What algae can't you get rid of?

    Thanks Stan,

    Anyone has experienced with hydrogen peroxide?

    i bought 3% level from one of our health store, thinking to clean my co2 diffuser. Seems it's not strong enough compare to bleach. I didn't delute it, straight away pour it on ceramic surface.

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    Re: What algae can't you get rid of?

    Green hair Algae...especially when i have it growing beneath my glosso carpet!

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    Re: What algae can't you get rid of?

    For treating things outside the fish tank, household bleach (sodium hypochlorite) is best because it's cheap and effective.

    Peroxide is good for treating small spot algae inside the tank with a dropper. Small amounts are safe because it will disssipate after a while. But since peroxide is expensive, using household bleach is better for treating things like pipes rocks, ornaments etc. Make sure to rinse the bleach properly after treatment.
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    Re: What algae can't you get rid of?

    I usually spot nuke them with excel, then send in my commando cherries to clear the mess.. Prevention is definitely better than cure when it comes to algae..

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