|Yesterday 04:52 PM|
Follow up to my post of 4-4-14:
In some tanks the blanket weed is dead and gone. Really clean tanks!
In others there seems to have been little to no benefit.
The difference seems to be the circulation.
In the tanks with the best results (dead algae) the planting was rather light, so the added power head really ramped up the water movement.
In the tanks with the worst results (algae is still alive) the plants or algae were so dense that the power head did not create so great water movement.
The death of plants was spotty.
In one tank I lost all the guppy grass, but the duckweed survived. Blanket weed is gone.
In another tank the guppy grass and Valisneria are fine. Blanket weed sort of died in some areas but not really all over. (I attribute this to poor circulation).
In all tanks with Valisneria it is fine. The high dose of Excel following the weakening by H2O2 seems not to have bothered it very much. Some leaves are a bit burned looking, but over 90% of the plants have come through pretty good. An odd dead leaf here and there might not even be from the treatment.
Livestock: Pond snails, tadpoles have shown up now that the tanks are clear enough to see into.
|Yesterday 07:30 AM|
I just did the 1 2 punch on my mini M with 3 tablespoons of h2o2 and the full dose of excel for the water amount I have. I have NO livestock in this aquarium and it's only 2 weeks old. I have some green thread/hair algae growing. It's long and flowing and some pieces are very skinny, like one of my own hairs got in there (that's mainly on the eco complete) .. I don't know where it came from. Either from the Eco, or the plants I got. the driftwood and rocks have been dry for at least 6 months.
2 hours after doing the blast, everything was super pearling. Way more than a regular water change would do. Anyone have experience with this kind of algae and this method? Did it work?
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|04-18-2014 09:35 PM|
|04-17-2014 04:24 PM|
I am losing or at a stalemate with my BBA outbreak, caused by not getting a decent water change for 3 weeks.
The substrate is pretty clean, I pulled all rocks and driftwood and cleaned them in a peroxide solution. The driftwood looks better, although I couldn't let it sit out for a couple days like I would have liked. Maybe when it gets warmer I will have a chance to if the algae bounces back.
My biggest problem is the existing plants. I do not want to trim off too much, and can't wait for new growth to replant. Not really sure if I should try this ,I have cardinals, ottos, a cory, some guppies and some scissortail rasboras.
Maybe I should just try the Excel part? I am now doing 3 gallon water changes 3 times a week. Should I up that too? Been doing that for about a month now.
|04-16-2014 09:23 AM|
:This isn't a suggestion, just commenting on what I did:
Just nuked my two week old tank. No livestock and I went with 50ml of peroxide for a 20g long. Left the peroxide in with no water change. Used 10ml excel and a double dose of Algaefix. Three days later I did a water change (70%) and my algae is either gone or pink. Co2 was my problem and I fixed that before punching. I only have Blyxa, S. Reps, and Downoi which are all tough plants in my experience and was why I chose to go overboard on my dosing.
|04-16-2014 08:56 AM|
|Aurie||I hope to try this with my brand new tank I just set up. Some of the plants I got have some green hair algae in it and I'd rather do this method in the beginning before ripping out any more plants. Every time I look into the tank I have more and more little green fuzz balls popping up. I keep removing the parts of the plants that are effected and I'm done! I don't have any live stock yet so I'm about to nuke it .. Wish me luck!|
|04-14-2014 11:28 PM|
I just did the 1 to 2 punch treatment. I have a 40g with maybe 35g of water. The plant load is moderate. I mainly have BBA on the DHG trimming (close to the substrate) and on my driftwoods which I can't remove them from the tank. I have a dirt tank too. Previously, my light was on the high side since there were few plants I wanted them to get redder. Now, the lighting is medium.
I read the entire thread and was alarmed with the deaths of some livestocks especially with otos and cory cats. I have 5 otos and 3 cory cats. So, I decided to be a bit on the cautious side using 2 tblsp per 10g H2O2 dosage. About 6 tblsp to a 35g of water. I took out my biological filters and totally running my XP Medium filter empty. After 5 minutes, I began to see some pearling. By 10 minutes, my fish seemed fine. No erratic behaviors. Since I am using buckets to change my water, I decided to start ending my treatment around 11 minutes. By the time I siphoned out 2 buckets, 11g of water, I am already at the 15 minutes mark. BTW, I was still keeping my filter running throughout the entire time and until new water have been added. After the 2 buckets, I pumped back in some new water. And siphoned out another 7g of water and adding back another 7g of new water.
So far, everything is fine. The fish didn't behave any more differently. I just added 17ml of excel. The lights are off now and I can see the plants are still pearling.
The worst case is that my dosage maybe too weak (given with my bioload and plant mass) to have caused any damage to the algae. Maybe I can try 7 or 8 tlbsp of H202 next time.
Forgot to add that before the beginning of the treatment, I trimmed off some leaves and cleaned off some GSA on the side of the tank. This may also increase the organic load of the tank.
|04-07-2014 06:56 PM|
Hi everyone. I recently took over a planted tank that my buddy started but he let it go. He moved out and now I am trying to learn and take it over. It had a bit of an algae problem. Hair, dark green spots, and this short black bushy algae.
It's a 72 gallon bowfront. I shorted the dosage. Like enough h2o2 for 55gallons. Most algae turned red, but not the black bushy stuff. I don't know much about the types of plants or the algae, I'm an African cichlid guy.
But it worked just need to up my dosage and try again.
|04-05-2014 04:34 AM|
|Subtletanks91||No change in the spyrogyra algae, and two shrimp dead today. But I'm suspecting molting issues which I'll be doing a water change with pure ro tomorrow. Manually removing what I can I guess for a while until the tank sorts itself out|
|04-05-2014 03:09 AM|
Well, the blanket weed is finally kicking the bucket. Up 'til yesterday (posted this morning) it was still green. Today it is sort of white.
But the Guppy Grass is also looking really sad. I cannot pull the blanket weed out without removing the Guppy Grass. I am hoping for the blanket weed to rot and release the Guppy Grass.
|04-04-2014 02:47 PM|
Tried the original (high dose) method on some tanks with NO LIVESTOCK.
Blanket weed (the algae that grows in ponds).
It has not died off.
|04-04-2014 07:48 AM|
Here's hoping... I went forward with the 1-2 punch tonight! 17 gal 60P clone. I pulled out my Amano shrimp, Otos, snail, Dwarf Gourami and as many golden white cloud tetras as I could catch. The neons and rummynose tetras were too damn fast and I didn't want to stress them anymore. Filled a bucket with a few gallons of tank water and let them sit out the main event.
I added an Eheim Skim350 and a little Hydor Koralia Nano 240 Pump to increase flow.
And like an idiot, I left my canister filter running for the first 2 minutes ... and then I realized I forgot to pull the filter baskets. *sigh* Properly horrified, I yanked the cord, disconnected the hoses, and cleaned it with clean fish-safe water right away, but I hope I didn't nuke the entire bacterial colony in that first couple of minutes. If so, I guess I get to re-cycle my tank, fish in. Yay. Live and learn...
I have high hopes about dealing with my string algae invasion, though. I'm manually removing as much as I can, but it's really dug into my Christmas moss, and nearly impossible to separate out entirely.
Refilled the tank, and reintroduced the critters I had pulled, and restored the saved tank water last. The fish that I pulled out, of course, seem way more freaked out than the ones who sat through the process. Aside from that, things seem to be settling down nicely, so we'll see!
|04-03-2014 05:15 AM|
Only two days after the treatment on my tank. No casualties with shrimp. Not signs of stress or otherwise. I am still however noticing the algae, no die off yet. I may be doing another treatment next week at full strength and see how that goes. I am having a planaria invasion as well so I may move the shrimp to a smaller holding quarantine tank and then bomb the tank with peroxide no planaria and excel.
We will see only time will tell
|04-03-2014 03:36 AM|
|Reddevil07||Hey folks. Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who participated in this thread. I used this method on my 55 gal that had bba and stag horn. I have fire red shrimp, cardinals, Cory's, and some mystery snails. I had no casualties except for a few snails . It has been two weeks since treatment and everything is looking great! Thanks again!|
|04-01-2014 07:50 PM|
|Subtletanks91||I'll keep everyone updated on the results.|
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