Bba On Manzanita Wood And Lava Rocks

rs18alpha

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If we need to get into the lighting, co2 and water parameters on my tank then we can address that later if need be.
What I'm looking for is any basic suggestions on how to Kill or control BBA .

A short while ago I did back off my co2 because I thought it was too much. When I looked at the bubble counter it was going pretty fast. I really don't know why I backed it off. The past few weeks is when I started to see the BBA.

I'm going to re do this tank and I don't want to use any lava rocks or driftwood that has any BBA on it.
 

burr740

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Spray it with peroxide to kill it.

If you're gonna be taking the wood and rocks out spray it down with peroxide and let it sit 30 minutes, repeat. Scrape off what you can, repeat the peroxide, do it a couple more times for good measure. Should be good to go

Clorox will kill it immediately but it may bleach the materials more than you'd like

If you're trying to kill it inside the tank turn all the circulation off and do peroxide for 15-20 minutes. Probably will take a few treatments

Obviously dont use Clorox inside the tank!
 

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Agree with Burr above, and in my experience too much flow can bring it out.
 

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If you're trying to kill it inside the tank turn all the circulation off and do peroxide for 15-20 minutes. Probably will take a few treatments

I've been testing out neat distilled vinegar on bba and clado.
So far so good.
I'm yet to find the lowest effective in tank dosage and contact time. I'm down to 3ml and filter off for 2min at present. This is enough to kill a small spot in one application.

I'm wary of causing a sudden drop in oxygen levels, so am treating small areas each time.
 
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Greggz

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I thought a lot of flow was a good way to suppress algae growth??
Yeah I think good flow is somewhat misunderstood sometimes. You want good flow, so CO2 gets to all areas of tank.

But you don't want plants waving around frantically. Fine line between good flow and mayhem. Large volume of gentle flow providing circulation is good. Too strong power heads blowing things around is not.

And algae, especially BBA, seems to love to attach at high flow areas. Pretty well documented by many.
 

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I spray with peroxide on exposed rock and plants in weekly WC when the water level is low. I do 75% WC so only a few inches are left unexposed. I spray everything exposed including heater, filter intakes, glass underneath the light, and submersible LEDs. After I refill the tank, I dose 5X Excel following SeaChem recommended dosage after WC. So it's a one two punch in reverse order. The bba will die off and turn red the next few days and my bristle nose pleco will finish them off. There is no need to scrap it if you have enough algae eaters to do the removal job.

I think high light and higher CO2 can keep out BBA from vigorous growing plants, but hardscape is non living and can't fight off BBA. Cutting down light (but not CO2) may help as Amano tanks have high percentage hardscape but grow only low light plants.
 
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Devisissy

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I've been testing out neat distilled vinegar on bba and clado.
So far so good.
I'm yet to find the lowest effective in tank dosage and contact time. I'm down to 3ml and filter off for 2min at present. This is enough to kill a small spot in one application.

I'm wary of causing a sudden drop in oxygen levels, so am treating small areas each time.

Vinegar is like sugar dosing. Vinegar, vodka, and sugar are all just usable carbon sources. It gives good bacteria more to eat, those more bacteria to break down more organics. I assume. So I could see it being very effective as a whole tank treatment. I would venture, and most of this stuff is proprietary, but Microbacter 7, Reef Fuel, and NOPOX are all just diluted alcohol. So considering I drug this thread up from July I am VERY curious to know how your dosing worked.