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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-21-2013, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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BBA Exorcism

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-21-2013, 04:29 PM
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BBA Exorcism

Wow, that's impressive. Lol

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This should be a thread to follow.

What are you using to "exorcise" it I notice it is turning red already, which is a promising sign.


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The last pic looks like a fluffy dog

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Get that CO2 stable or it'll come back.. It never goes away really

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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-21-2013, 09:24 PM
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I think shaving your java fern instead of dying its hair pink would be a much better option here.
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Thats HUGE. O_O.
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I feel you. I use to have chronic problems with BBA. Got rid of it when I started having a siesta period of hrs of 3hrs. Thus lights on 4hrs-on/3hrs-off/4hrs-on. A few months upgraded lights from T8 to T5NO and eliminated the siesta period. It came back. Was told that Diane Walsted wrote in a book called El Natural that the siesta period helps build up Co2. I also dosed with KNO3 (Potassium nitrate), which I get in form of Spectricide stump remover at Lowes'. I also dose with Excel.

What size of tank is this? What ferts are you using? What are your lights?
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-22-2013, 03:08 AM Thread Starter
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A quick lesson in BBA

There is a bit of a story here that I learnt from. Maybe others will too.

The tank is my oldest running tank (~12 years) and, arguably, the most stable:

75G Tall
50% Flourite / 50% pea gravel and river sand
4 x 65w CFL CoraLife: 2 x 65w 12 hrs/day and 2 x 65w 10 hrs/day on timers
EI at the low range
(currently) no co2

About 10? years ago:

About 4 months ago:

About 3 months ago I decided that good can be better and added a second Eheim 2026, both with spraybars, both clean, and both on full blast.
Better can be even better, so I also added pressurized co2 with in-line atomizer at the same time:

Set the co2 flow and double-checked everything over the next couple of days.

About a week later I got sick and could not take care of my tanks for about a month. The two largest tasks on this tank are 10-15g WC every 3 weeks or so and substrate vacuuming. The tank is relatively well planted with slow and fast growing plants. It does not house too many fish but it was home to 4 fully grown Red Parrots, 2 BNs, and a bunch of mutt corries.

Red Parrots are like our dog: eat well, poop even better.

In case we missed the lesson, here it is:

A lot of organic waste + high flow == gorgeous BBA in < 1 week
( with lots of plants and enough co2 to chock a horse)

A number of fellow TPT members have seen the tank in it's current state in person and, I am sure, they will vouch that that BBA is the darkest, thickest, longest, healthiest BBA ever. It actually looked weirdly beautiful on the needle leaf java fern. Took me a while before I decided that I should get rid of it.

If you look at the first picture in the OP, one thing might catch your eye: BBA all over the fern, outflows, intakes, etc etc BUT almost none on fast growing plants (like Green Temple) right next to it. The second lesson:

Your plants can out-grow the BBA.

Thank you for reading and enjoy: the BBA will not be in that tank for long

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And I get crazy when I get one small tuft of it on my DHG.

What are you using to kill it?

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Re: BBA Exorcism

Thorough cleaning of the substrate and turning the flow down a bit

Cleaning all infested areas.

Chlorine soack all stones and driftwood.

The java fern spent 2 weeks in a bucket with a ton of various snails, in complete darkness, with no heat or flow and no nutrients -- all snails are dead. BBA is happy as could be with no visible die-back. A 30 min dip in 2 gallons of water and 50 ml of peroxide.

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It's almost too beautiful to kill.

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