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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-27-2013, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Black Beard Algae isn't going away...

Hello guys, I have a small BBA problem happening only on my piece of Hornwood and it doesn't seem to go away. About 3 days ago, I took the wood out, and I tried dabbing the areas of BBA with hydrogen peroxide. Then I changed the amount of excel from every other day to everyday. I also lowered the water level to increase water agitation. Today, I again, took the wood out and I poured hydrogen peroxide onto the BBA and I let it sit for 5 minutes before rinsing it off and putting it back in the tank. Is there anything else I can do? I do not want to treat the tank with hydrogen peroxide because I don't want to disturb the beneficial bacteria.

The picture shows what the BBA currently looks like.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-27-2013, 09:44 PM
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The only way I got my BBA to die was by soaking the rock it was on in a high concentration of H202 then a couple day dry out. Probably not the best answer you wanna hear.. so I'm looking forward to more replies.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-27-2013, 10:14 PM
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are you spraying the excel right on the BBA? i never tried peroxide because excel worked pretty good for me.

seems most say it comes from unstable co2. dont suppose your up for injected co2?

other then that i added some siamese algae eaters and they ate it up in no time. heard amano shrimp will also eat it.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-27-2013, 11:48 PM
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If its only on the wood, take it out and spray it heavy with peroxide 3%
let it set for about 20 minutes. Keep spraying it while your waiting. It will turn, red/pink then white, then be gone. If you don't want to put it back into the tank until the BBA is dead, put it in a container with tank water.
If you do a close inspection, you might find more in the tank.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-27-2013, 11:59 PM
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3 day black out, treat with excel - as per Tom Barr's advice.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-29-2013, 05:08 AM
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1 small true Siamese algae eater will eat all of the BBA you have. Trust nature and you don't have to use chemicals.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-29-2013, 03:42 PM
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I had BBA and I reduced the photoperiod and treated with excel directly on the bba. In my case I had it on my plants so I had to do trimming as well. When that didn't work, I took everything out, washed the decorations, did a major water change with heavy substrate cleaning, and no more bba.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-30-2013, 03:26 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, but I tried boiling it, but it came back a day latter! I think i'll use excel to spot treat.
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