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The Best Way To Remove Black Beard Algae And Some Others Too!

Discussion in 'Algae Control' started by Joshua Nathan Davies, Mar 5, 2020.

  1. Joshua Nathan Davies

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    So anyone new to the aquascape world and even the old are bound to come face to face with some algae issues. It is true that some are quite easy to remove and some are a real pain in the behind. This is my first ever thread that im writing right now and i thought that from my experience i really wanted to share it with you all.

    So I am no expert in the aquarium hobby, in fact, I'm still rather new. However, I have been experiencing extremely severe Black Beard Algae in my first tank that i have been trying to get rid of for a while now. Even though you have algae eaters in the tank they refuse to eat the BBA because i read it is rather hard and tough for them to eat. Luckily I set up a new tank and needed to get some high quality Fertilizers and bought myself some liquid carbon to go with my Co2 setup. In case you are wondering I went with the Aquaforest products, and one of their products is AF Carbon Boost, however you can use any other product like Seachem Flourish Excel or others as well.

    Honestly, I have been dosing 3ml of the Carbon Boost everyday and the Black Beard Algae stopped spreading and began to turn to mush, where my algae eaters began to eat it finally.

    Another thing is the algae that build up in the filter tubes etc has also vanished which is great because it saves cleaning a bit.

    So in short many people are posting daily about BBA and other algae issues, and my answer to that is Liquid Carbon most definately gets the job done.

    What are your thoughts?

    I hope you liked my little post, and do leave a comment.
     
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    So I have a question for you. I consider my self a newb. I have my high-tech setup for just about a year now. I get bba growing in the lower portion of my 29 gal tank I does roughy 6 ml of Excel a day. It's not going anywhere until I spot treat it. So my question is could to much current be an issue with bba growing on substrate? I have eco complete substrate. And seachem substrate as well.
     
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    Yes, those products contain gluteraldehyde, which is well known to kill many forms of red algae (among which is BBA). Dosing levels and frequency are adjusted depending upon the degree of infestation. However, while these products are very effective against most types of these hair algae, BBA can be somewhat more difficult to eradicate permanently. These 'liquid carbon' type products can do a quick kill and be used regularly to help suppress BBA, but it is better to address the long-term issues, such as ligh, CO2, organics, etc. to solve the problem.
     
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    Do you have any algae eaters in your tank? From my experience so far liquid carbon carb softens the BBA enough so that it can be eaten by algae eaters. Also more frequent water changes have helped me as well
     
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    I do. And thank you for the tip have been doing more WC. Seems to be helping.

    Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
     
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    It might be the lighting. Shorten the lighting period or change fixtures. Among LED,only Fluval seems to understand that we want great color rendition..others work,but are bland by comparison. That's for LED. If you go fluorescent go with the purple-reddish "gro' bulbs..they don't seem to grow BBA as cooler spectrum lights do. With those,its also best have a mix of bulbs of spectrums and you need to find the look that suits you and grows plants.
     
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