Best way to treat BBA - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-31-2011, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: North Bay, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 672
Best way to treat BBA

Ok so...I finally realized I had too much light on my 36 Gal Bowfront tank (tank is appx 18inch from water to substrate)....I was using Hagen T5HO ballast 24Wx2 and 39Wx2.....I have cut the light down to 24Wx2 (hoping this is enough)...and continuing with pressurized CO2 and EI dosing. However....I am now starting to battle an outbreak of what looks to be BBA....in the tank I have some tiger barbs, SAE, flying fox, blue rams and some amano shrimp.....wondering on the best way to fix this problem....I cant uproot the plants, it would just be too much to do (too many plants)....if anyone has any ideas, let me know!
Gafi is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-01-2011, 01:22 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: North Bay, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 672
doesnt anyone have something?
Gafi is offline  
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-01-2011, 03:02 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
2in10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Sparks, NV
Posts: 2,585
Metricide or Flourish Excel dosed directly on the BBA. You may want to dose no more than 3X the recommended amount of Flourish Excel because of the shrimp.
2in10 is offline  
post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-01-2011, 07:16 AM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Calgary
Posts: 703
I took care of it by cleaning out the tank as best I could first and dosing maricyn 2 for the full dose and length - gone and never returned.
reignOfFred is offline  
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-01-2011, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: North Bay, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 672
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2in10 View Post
Metricide or Flourish Excel dosed directly on the BBA. You may want to dose no more than 3X the recommended amount of Flourish Excel because of the shrimp.
Can I just dose the excel into the tank? or do I actually need to dose it on the spot.......is maricide an antiobiotic treatment? Does it contain copper, if so, cant use it cause of shrimp....what is the active ingredient that is going to kill the bba?
Gafi is offline  
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-01-2011, 01:21 PM
Algae Grower
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Amherst, NS Canada
Posts: 141
Maracyn is an antibiotic and will have no effect on BBA.

Dave

Wishing I had a pithy quote
Canuck is offline  
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-01-2011, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: North Bay, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 672
metricide is different than maracyn....althought I dont want to use metricide...I have cut back on lights for the moment....wondering if there is a fish I can get outthere that can take some of this on?
Gafi is offline  
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-01-2011, 01:35 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
hbosman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Leesburg Virginia
Posts: 1,664
The BBA you currently have, will have to be physically removed. Yeah, I wish there was a fish that would eat it.
hbosman is online now  
post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-01-2011, 11:52 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
they call me bruce's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: new jersey
Posts: 486
Stability is key keep the lights on the same {mine are 10 hours} slow down on the ei dosing for now and get some fast growing wisteria to suck up excess nutreints. you need the nitrare level at near 0 ppm when you do your water changes 30% get a sringe and load it with peroxcide shoot it on the BBa and let set for 15 minutes to a half hour--trim off the bad BBA.,during this process-try to get your co2 dfusser as close to the bottom as possible it takes time but it will go away--maybe 2 months -be patient
they call me bruce is offline  
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-02-2011, 02:29 AM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Calgary
Posts: 703
Maracyn is an antibiotic and will have no effect on BBA.

oops, read it wrong sorry - had different algae in mind
reignOfFred is offline  
post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-02-2011, 04:18 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
plantbrain's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: The swamp
Posts: 13,609
By not growing BBA to begin with, that's how you handle BBA
Poor CO2 management/use is why you have issues with it.
Simple as that. It's VERY easy to control once you master CO2.

Regards,
Tom Barr
plantbrain is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome