BBA dip
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > Specific Aspects of a Planted Tank > Algae


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-15-2013, 08:41 PM   #1
mcaquatic
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Hoboken, NJ
Posts: 727
Default BBA dip

I am probably going to rearrange my tank soon. If I pull out the few plants that have BBA what have you guys found to be the most effective dip to kill it?
mcaquatic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 01:50 AM   #2
ScarletFire
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Mississauga
Posts: 84
Default

I've been told that an overdose of excel and a blackout period will solve the BBA problem in a tank. From that, I would say dip it in a mixture of tank water and excel.
ScarletFire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 05:45 AM   #3
Devonviolet
Algae Grower
 
Devonviolet's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: London
Posts: 36
Default

Hydrogen peroxide dip.... Superb... Bba becomes red then dies :0)
__________________
30 l juwel vio, fluval 206 external filter, DIY co2, 50w heater.
Black sand, moomin and bog wood, granite rocks
Fauna: 14 cardinal tetras, 5 boesemani corydoras, 3 otocinculus, bee shrimp, 2 assassin snails (some pond snails for the assassins)
Flora: vallisinaria, have moss, flame moss, mini pellia, fissidens fontanus, Pygmy chain sword, dwarf hair grass, golden anubia, bonsai Anubias and some algae (!)
Devonviolet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 01:39 PM   #4
AUvet14
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
AUvet14's Avatar
 
PTrader: (7/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Auburn, AL
Posts: 455
Default

I'm currently treating my entire tank for BBA (due to my CO2 running out while I was away) using an overdose of Excel (2x recommended dose) and it seems to be working pretty well. All the BBA in the tank is now reddish pink in color and hopefully it will start to completely die and fall off of leaves and driftwood and equipment that it is attached to.

I've found that H2O2 appears to work great, but you must be persistent. Every time I have tried to treat with H2O2, it has turned red for a few days but then come right back within a week or so. Perhaps if you've fixed the underlying problem causing the BBA H2O2 might work. I can't say for certain that I had fixed the underlying issue when I used H2O2 which might be the reason it came right back. That's just my experience. Good luck!
AUvet14 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 05:09 PM   #5
musician71604
Planted Member
 
musician71604's Avatar
 
PTrader: (19/100%)
Join Date: May 2012
Location: AR
Posts: 227
Default

I've pulled plants before and did an "excel dip" and that treated the problem very well. I tried h2o2 and didn't have as much luck, but I might not have used a strong enough mixture.
musician71604 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2013, 03:10 PM   #6
mcaquatic
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Hoboken, NJ
Posts: 727
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by musician71604 View Post
I've pulled plants before and did an "excel dip" and that treated the problem very well. I tried h2o2 and didn't have as much luck, but I might not have used a strong enough mixture.
what ratio did you use for he excell?
mcaquatic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2013, 03:37 PM   #7
ThatGuyWithTheFish
perugiae
 
ThatGuyWithTheFish's Avatar
 
PTrader: (23/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Boston
Posts: 2,345
Default

What I do is take pure excel, and put the plant under slow running water, and just apply some that way. It's worked very well for me.
__________________

"Boulders-Upon-Meadow"


My Golden Rule of planted tanks: WWTAD-
"What would Takashi Amano do?"


RAOK Club #69
ThatGuyWithTheFish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2013, 01:37 AM   #8
mcaquatic
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Hoboken, NJ
Posts: 727
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ThatGuyWithTheFish View Post
What I do is take pure excel, and put the plant under slow running water, and just apply some that way. It's worked very well for me.
do you dip it first in pure excell and then rinse it under slow running water?
mcaquatic is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not 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

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 03:27 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012