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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-14-2013, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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I took my rock and mopani wood out for 2 weeks

I started having a problem with BGA and needed an open gravel surface to do hydrogen peroxide treatments, and the BGA had I'm sure started to get on the wood and the rock that was in the tank, so I took them out and put them in a dark closet for two weeks to dry out. I would assume that any BGA or other algae that was on those pieces would have died during that time, not to return. Am I correct in this?

I soaked them in hot water and scrubbed them as best I could with a stiff brush. When I put them back into the tank, there were still patches of bright green on the wood, But I'm guessing that was only dried remnants of algae from before and that over time that will probably turn brown and decompose.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-14-2013, 12:10 PM
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I don't think you can rely on desiccation when it comes to algae. Better to use some other method. Chemical/ boiling or something.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-14-2013, 12:18 PM
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Dip it in peroxide or bleach and then clean/dechlor before putting it back into the tank.

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What OVT said is the best solution. Remove the decorations and do a chlorine dip for 24 hours. Then scrub with a new, clean sponge (I use the same sold for washing dishes). Next, let it soak in declorinated water. You can also let it sun dry for a few days. Last, place in tank.
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What type of bleach solution? 1:16 bleach/water?
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Are you sure it's BGA? BGA isn't actually algae, as you probably know, it's a variety of bacteria. If you're having to a do a lot of scrubbing it's probably not BGA. Manual removal is usually pretty easy with it since it forms large sheets that can usually be vacuumed out with no problem. The problem is it keeps coming back. The easiest way to deal with it is to treat the tank with erythromycin and then address the cause which is usually linked to less than stellar water quality along with low nitrate levels and stagnant water.
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Yeah I'm pretty sure, I've been able to remove it fairly easily (except for patchy areas in the gravel, which I have treated and scooped out). I know about erythromycin but if I could get my nitrate levels up and knock it back with H2O2 treatments, then maybe I could take care of it and avoid meds that could screw up my cycle.

My water quality is very good. I had a slight ammonia spike recently because I lost an oto unawares, but my nitrates have hovered near zero for a long time. Seems like it might have allowed BGA to get a foothold.

Also I have good circulation and weekly water changes, so it's in good shape that way...
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Sounds like you have it under control.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-15-2013, 08:30 AM
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i have experimeted with erythromicine with overdoes and without waterchanges after using it. not because of BGA but because of curisity in a BGA-free tank. the conclusion after experiments was it does not harm anything. not live stock nor benefit-bacteria.
and i realy dont see any reason why ppl would use other method than that to kill BGA.

btw i had shrimps feeding on pure eythomicine because of pill coating was tasty. no problem either
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i have experimeted with erythromicine with overdoes and without waterchanges after using it. not because of BGA but because of curisity in a BGA-free tank. the conclusion after experiments was it does not harm anything. not live stock nor benefit-bacteria.
and i realy dont see any reason why ppl would use other method than that to kill BGA.

btw i had shrimps feeding on pure eythomicine because of pill coating was tasty. no problem either
What dose do you use???
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