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07-16-2013 11:24 PM
Cardinal's Keeper Much appreciated
07-16-2013 11:20 PM
plantbrain Water change then Treatment.

Water changes after 3 days,

Another treatment

Water change after 2-3 days

07-16-2013 07:41 PM
Cardinal's Keeper Sorry for the resurrection, but I have read all I can find on the specific use of Algaefix to treat spriogyra on this an every other forum that comes up on Google. However I have read conflicting info a couple of times. Everyone clearly states to follow the recommended dose and directions of 1ml per 10 gallons, but I have read that people are using it for 3 days... Although the bottle says to use every 3 days... Is it "use for 3 days consecutively" or "every 3days for three treatments"? With the suggested 50% WC before and after treatment, it would seem that what is being suggested is the 3 consecutive days and not the every 3 days per the label.

So if a participating member of this thread could confirm, I would be very appreciative.

And yes I know my cause, its fixed, never had spiro before and hope to never again.
02-08-2013 10:05 PM
ChadRamsey any up dates on this experiment?
11-26-2012 08:05 AM
chad320 Tom, nice to se youve got your account back This is one snake oil I can sure put good use to right now. And hopefully never again!
11-25-2012 11:15 PM
plantbrain Chad, I did a similar thing, same similar experiences........ the next step was a real live planted tank with fish and shrimps.

The shrimps took a real beating, did not all die, but.....I would not suggets anyone do it with shrimp they do not care to lose.

Same result for myself and most folks I've spoken to, the product has very consistent results.

Which is rather surprising given the poor history of snake oil algae cure. But it's pretty limited to green hair algae.
11-25-2012 01:12 PM
HD Blazingwolf I guess i should post a picture of some of this dead algae i just gotta find some
11-25-2012 05:41 AM
chad320 Now im impressed. I see some of the tips on the blanket Clado is clear. AKA, dead. I already feel like ive won the battle of getting my moss collection back in order. Saving it from hair algae was the biggest battle and this is just a bonus effect. Some of the MP is hard to separate from the Clado it got from being split up and tied on a dowel rod.
11-24-2012 03:38 AM
chad320 The bottle says 1 ml per 10g every three days. I am running it like this for now. I am going to up the dose to see if I can damage the Clado without damaging the moss later on, but its per directions for now. Its all experimental in cups for now. Theres no way I would risk the contents of ANY of my tanks for the price of a ten dollar bottle of evil.
11-24-2012 03:31 AM
m00se I want to caution you once again, Chad. I wouldn't go beyond this last series of treatments for awhile. The problems I had happened when I ignored the directions on the bottle and went past the 3 day dosing/once a week top off. I went daily for a week, and that's when I got into trouble. YMMV of course. I would also continue fertilizing as well.
11-24-2012 03:29 AM
plantbrain I'd do everything the same in the planted tank. But I'd likely up to the CO2 progressively very slowly and obverse plants, fish carefully, never do this and then leave for the day etc.

Hit with 3 doses, one each day, it will kill any green hair algae.
It had no effect on Cladophora, which is about as close to moss and plants are anything we ever see.

I've only seen 100% kill for 3 dose for the same stuff on the rose moss.

If you catch the hair algae early on.....then 1 single dose and very few shrimp losses will occur.
11-24-2012 03:10 AM
chad320 Yes, the tank this was pulled from has Co2. You are right, I didnt want to treat the whole tank with the possibility of melting down all the Mini Rose, so these are specimen containers(deli cups). Im not sure how much impact that will have versus a tanks conditions.

EDIT: In a tank I should still be dosing the ferts at regular dose right?
11-24-2012 03:06 AM
plantbrain The hair algae on the rose moss should die in the next 2-3 days, I gave things a week.

This assumes that the tank is actually running good CO2 etc, in those pics, it looks like just cups and water and maybe some light.

It took a little longer, 5-7 days, after the 1st treatment, but it did all die in a similar non CO2 test tank.
11-24-2012 02:51 AM
Originally Posted by plantbrain View Post
Well, generally, if you have hair algae, a minor annoyance= likely fairly good conditions for plants, but you should know what you did wrong/correct.

This will reduce the labor and the time to get rid of the annoyance.
So that has some real value with this type of algae.

Root causes always should be addressed since good plant growth is what we are ultimately after.
100% Agreed!

After a 3 day treatment at regular dosage. I just started the second round of a 3 day treatment at regular dosage...

Spirogyra. Its dead but now I suspect I have the name of this one wrong

BBA. It looks like its on the downhill slide, but Excel will kill this stuff in 3 days.

Hair algae on Mini Rose Moss is untouched.

Blanket Clado looking slightly weaker(or wishful thinking)

Clado in Subwassertang holding strong.

I didnt put up the pics of the rest of the mosses that I shot the first round because they werent affected by the treatment at all. If one should start to show distress, ill post it up. Its nice to know some of these more delicate mosses arent affected by it. I was sure they would be. At least somewhat
11-23-2012 10:06 PM
plantbrain Well, generally, if you have hair algae, a minor annoyance= likely fairly good conditions for plants, but you should know what you did wrong/correct.

This will reduce the labor and the time to get rid of the annoyance.
So that has some real value with this type of algae.

Root causes always should be addressed since good plant growth is what we are ultimately after.
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