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Old 08-31-2011, 09:43 PM   #1
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Best way to treat BBA


Ok so...I finally realized I had too much light on my 36 Gal Bowfront tank (tank is appx 18inch from water to substrate)....I was using Hagen T5HO ballast 24Wx2 and 39Wx2.....I have cut the light down to 24Wx2 (hoping this is enough)...and continuing with pressurized CO2 and EI dosing. However....I am now starting to battle an outbreak of what looks to be BBA....in the tank I have some tiger barbs, SAE, flying fox, blue rams and some amano shrimp.....wondering on the best way to fix this problem....I cant uproot the plants, it would just be too much to do (too many plants)....if anyone has any ideas, let me know!
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:22 AM   #2
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doesnt anyone have something?
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Old 09-01-2011, 03:02 AM   #3
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Metricide or Flourish Excel dosed directly on the BBA. You may want to dose no more than 3X the recommended amount of Flourish Excel because of the shrimp.
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I took care of it by cleaning out the tank as best I could first and dosing maricyn 2 for the full dose and length - gone and never returned.
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Metricide or Flourish Excel dosed directly on the BBA. You may want to dose no more than 3X the recommended amount of Flourish Excel because of the shrimp.
Can I just dose the excel into the tank? or do I actually need to dose it on the spot.......is maricide an antiobiotic treatment? Does it contain copper, if so, cant use it cause of shrimp....what is the active ingredient that is going to kill the bba?
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:21 PM   #6
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Maracyn is an antibiotic and will have no effect on BBA.
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metricide is different than maracyn....althought I dont want to use metricide...I have cut back on lights for the moment....wondering if there is a fish I can get outthere that can take some of this on?
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:35 PM   #8
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The BBA you currently have, will have to be physically removed. Yeah, I wish there was a fish that would eat it.
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Stability is key keep the lights on the same {mine are 10 hours} slow down on the ei dosing for now and get some fast growing wisteria to suck up excess nutreints. you need the nitrare level at near 0 ppm when you do your water changes 30% get a sringe and load it with peroxcide shoot it on the BBa and let set for 15 minutes to a half hour--trim off the bad BBA.,during this process-try to get your co2 dfusser as close to the bottom as possible it takes time but it will go away--maybe 2 months -be patient
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Maracyn is an antibiotic and will have no effect on BBA.

oops, read it wrong sorry - had different algae in mind
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Old 09-02-2011, 04:18 PM   #11
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By not growing BBA to begin with, that's how you handle BBA
Poor CO2 management/use is why you have issues with it.
Simple as that. It's VERY easy to control once you master CO2.
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