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    JBL Algo

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    I recently bought this $5 bottle of JBLAlgo from KS @ Yishun. After I put in the recommended dosage, all my brush algae in the tank turned white, looks like they've been killed. Fishes and plants not affected. Pretty effective. It's been 1 week+ since the treatment, everything except the algae isn't afected.

    I don't know what it contains... anyone knows the url to JBL's site? couldn't find any info on Google.
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    What happens after Algae turns white?
    Did it fall off whatever it was attached to?

    Robin
    i always fighting algae but still got more

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    It just stay there dead... should be dead as it has turn white like how it has been killed with boiling water.

    Anyway beard algae has emerged recently... I'm combining a manual removal + pruning + water change + JBL algo + full blackout for 2 days.

    Hope to kill >99% of the algae.

    Got a pressurized CO2 system today from TTS, going to use it after the blackout and do some tests of NO3 NO2 KH PH etc...

    Sort of like one shot, systematically improve my tank...
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    Re:

    Its no use if you don't manage your nutrients properly.

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    Focus on plant growth would be the best way to keep an algae free tank. If I can do it, I feel that folks can do it too.

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    I agree with Peter. Know what your plants needs, maintain a strict fertilisation and water changing schedule will keep your tank healthy.

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    I don't believe in using an alage killer. The plants will more or less be affected and also, there is a high chance of killing your shrimps and sensitive fishes.

    Like what Peter said, manage your CO2 and nutrients well.

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    Existing algae is here to stay. So have to remove them manually or use of chemical warfare.

    To prevent algae - good plant growth, and lots of plants.

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    Yeh, but tough choices on plants. I admit I don't have enough plants
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    Agree that existing algae is here to stay.
    Either Chemical warfare or manual removal.

    But Peter is right, focus on plant growth.
    I still have not got it right yet also.
    Still got BBA.

    Robin
    i always fighting algae but still got more

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    If plant can age and die...wont the algae age and die and disolve away?

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    No, algae can even srvive Antarctica. or hot springs...
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    what about new algae growth. is there any?

    cos it looks like my bba is surviving even copper treatment..
    mutant bba strain...unkillable by anything short of a nuclear attack

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    After the old algae is killed, new algae still appears, but slower, due to my water parameters not good. I also noticed some new beard algae but those are easy to prune away. My glossos are really struggling against the algae.
    Just need to optimise my water condition gradually.
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    I have been in many algae wars. The part about the focus on the plant growth is one universal ubiquitious observations.

    The issue for most folks having troubles with algae more than mild issues: not enough CO2(if they use this method) and issues with their NO3's. Generally they have not enough of each.

    Unless they have too many fish and only a few plants in the tank, most folks are too low and often have high light.

    So focusing on these and checking these if anything appears to go down hill ever is a good place to start.

    But there's more to getting rid of algae through good conditions, good conditions alone will not produce a nice tank, you need prune and fluff any algae off the plants, scrubn the parts and equipment down good, clean the filters etc.


    You can use those under the sink 9 3/4 filter cartiages of the hagen quick filter cartuages, these filter down to 1-5 micron range and will remove any left over algae.

    Pruning is generally all I do, equipment or rocks might be bleached a little. Sonme folks do the bleach dip for infected plant leaves which works okay on tough leaved plants like Anubias. Other spot spray with H2O2 3%.

    The point is to reduce the algae population to as small as reasonable(remove what's there), then make sure no NEW growth appears(The nutrients/CO2 etc).

    Adult algae are tough and will hang on unless you remove them, herbivores can help, but they are generally just icing on the cake.

    Young algae spores are weak, tasty and more nutritious to herbivores and have few reserves.

    The parent algae will produce spore and more spores unless it's removed each time you only do so so CO2, NO3, cleanings, pruning etc.

    Once you whip a tank into shape, then it's smooth sailing if you keep up on things and you will beam with pride.

    I'll generally prune well, scrub glass with a credit card, soft acrylic type pad making sure not to get snails, gravel lodged in between the pad ansd the glass. I'll clean the filter etc and then lightly vacuum up any algae, detritial matter etc. If there's a lot of leaves, algae etc, I'll use a brine net to fluff the tank good and stir up all the muck I can.

    Then I'll do 50-70% water change. I'll add the nutrients back afterwards.
    I'll do this for 3 weeks and things are back to normal.

    If you want to make it happen faster, do 2 x 50-70% a week, or every two days etc.

    Algae don't like water changes ans fluffs/prunes etc and plants love it.
    So harass the algae good, give the plants what they need to grow.
    Crank the CO2, then the new growth of BBA will not be an issue.

    Regards,
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    That was really helpful Tom, thanks! much agreed.
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