BBA Black Beard Algae - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-31-2013, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Aulonocara_Freak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: U.S.A.
Posts: 623
BBA Black Beard Algae

I got it

I've increased lighting from 2 x 13 watt CFL's to 2 x 23 watt CFL's.

I have pressurized Co2, dose dry ferts, and 0.5ml of excel daily. What can/should I do to get rid of the BBA?

Thanks!


Quote:
Originally Posted by CapnRon
Well if you're going to be a noob I guess you should go all out........
Aulonocara_Freak is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-31-2013, 09:58 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Jahn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: NYC
Posts: 700
What's your CO2 looking like? I think an increase in light without an increase in CO2 helps the algae outcompete your plants for growth. But at this point since it's already there, do a search for "algae blackout" for a way to kill it off.

20 Gallon High Community Tank Journal, Started 4/30/13.
Low-Med Light Plants, Neon, January and Rummynose Tetra, Red Betta, Red Bristlenose Plecos. Sat+ Club
Jahn is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-31-2013, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Aulonocara_Freak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: U.S.A.
Posts: 623
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jahn View Post
What's your CO2 looking like? I think an increase in light without an increase in CO2 helps the algae outcompete your plants for growth. But at this point since it's already there, do a search for "algae blackout" for a way to kill it off.
It's a 10g with 1BP0.6S Co2 is on from 10am-6pm and lights are on 11am-7pm. Drop checker is green.

I know i can get rid of the algae but what can I do so it doesn't come back?


Quote:
Originally Posted by CapnRon
Well if you're going to be a noob I guess you should go all out........
Aulonocara_Freak is offline  
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-31-2013, 11:36 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 765
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aulonocara_Freak View Post
It's a 10g with 1BP0.6S Co2 is on from 10am-6pm and lights are on 11am-7pm. Drop checker is green.

I know i can get rid of the algae but what can I do so it doesn't come back?
Sufficient stable CO2 levels and remove decaying leaves as BBA typically grows on unhealthy leaves. At least in my case, this is my observation. BBA can come back if these CO2 levels drop too low and fluctuate
puopg is offline  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-31-2013, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Aulonocara_Freak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: U.S.A.
Posts: 623
How do I stop them from fluctuating? Run Co2 24/7? The BBA is not super bad yet, but I want to stop it before it does get really bad.


Quote:
Originally Posted by CapnRon
Well if you're going to be a noob I guess you should go all out........
Aulonocara_Freak is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-01-2013, 07:35 AM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 765
No, dont run 24/7 if you dont need to. Just turn CO2 on before lights by like 30 mines to an hour. Add siesta as well. That will help buildup CO2.
puopg is offline  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-01-2013, 05:47 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Hoppy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 20,923
The goal is to have the same concentration of CO2 in the water every day, while the lights are on, not to have it the same 24 hours a day. The green drop checker just means you are in the right ballpark for CO2 -you have 10-45 ppm, not 2-5 ppm - so you still need to adjust the bubble rate to get to the optimum bubble rate. You can do this by slightly increasing the bubble rate, then watch the fish for distress, and watch the plants to see if they grow better, more pearling, etc. Watch for a few days. If the plants do better, repeat this until either the fish are distressed, or the plants don't do any better, then back off to the last bubble rate. You need to have good oxygen concentration in the water for this to work well, so you need the water surface rippled all over, but no splashing. Using a wet/dry filter will give you the most dissolved oxygen.

Hoppy
Hoppy is offline  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-01-2013, 08:33 PM
Algae Grower
 
scottytank's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 51
I cured my BBA problem i had for months by the following steps....

1. "Borrow" 3 young SAEs from my LFS for a month to eat away at the stuff.
2. Regulate my pressurized CO2 output to an adequate level and stopped playing with it. I don't necessarily believe in the maximum output of CO2 theory. Im sure it works but too many tanks are successful without almost gassing the fish for it to be necessary.
3. Dosed Excel according to the bottle directions at water changes and daily. Did my dosing direct to varying affected areas for a while while filter was off for 10 minutes.
4. Lastly, and what I believe to be the most important, I switched to RO/DI water with a specific recipe of Equilibrium and Alkalinity Booster. I really believe BBA is the result of dirty, chemical and organic laden city water. Either by fueling the BBA or just hurting the plants growth rate. Switching to clean water made a huge difference in my tank.

-scotty
scottytank 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