Re: Boyd's Chemi-Clean
I'm passionate about not having folks go down this route for a few other reasons.
Many like to try things and that's good. If they really like that they will want to do experiments, they are quite simple and you learn far more.
I've honestly never learned anything about growing plants using herbicides that kill algae. Well, other than how to show they don't work nor address the real issue.
I've also never learned anything about the algae and why they grew in my tanks either by using algicides.
So................if learning and getting a nicer plant tank is the focus......they really are a wasted effort and $$.
Yea, they can kill a few algae, so can many things, we have no lack of algicides....hwat we did have a huge lack of when I got into the web hobby on line was any understanding about why the algae where growing.
Today we have come a logn way, GS=> low CO2/PO4, BBA=> low CO2, BGA=> low NO3/poor cleaning habits/too many fish, GW=> urea, too many fish, NH4 etc, Staghorn=> urea/NH4, most every algae out there is well known as to what ansd why it occurs, and the occurance is more accurate at analysis of the tank than a test kit....................
I would have never figured any of these issues out over the years if I was big on algicides.......................and did not have the philosophy I have about algicides.
Few folks are as anti algicide as I am, but I've gone down quite a different path and have ended up helping far more folks as a result.
People focus on plant health much more and very little on algicides compared to 10-15 years ago, heck, that's all they talked about. I thought we'd never figure out anything back then, but one by one, the algae have fallen.
It is why the methods I use are successful, it is why I can cure most folks algae issues, it is why my tanks look good to me.
I know of a device that will kill all algae and not harm plants, it's not chemical either, it is a silver bullet if you will, but it's a rather costly and only suited for larger tanks. But it does work, but still, it does not grow plants............
But I apologize for getting heated and passionate about it, I've been trying to get folks to stay away from algicides for a long time now, it is never anything personal nor directed towards anyone person etc, my passionate for killing algae starts before the alga have a chance
Same with aquatic weeds.