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Old 05-25-2010, 05:31 AM   #1
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Battling BBA using metricide: day by day journal


I've allowed my planted 46 gallon bowfront to get infested with BBA for the sake of our planted tank blog at tankspiration.com. The goal was to get the tank looking terrible with BBA, and then to treat it, and blog about it, to show how a diluted solution of metricide/excel mixed with water, sprayed onto the hardscape could eliminate BBA over a two week period.

The photos are now posted on the site, with the treatment starting today.

I'll try to post frequently and describe EXACTLY what I've done to the tank, hopefully it will help others battle this dreaded algae.

Fingers crossed!!
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Looking good so far! I've read about using Metricide as an alternative to Excel, hadn't seen it in action yet though... Is your goal to see how it compares to Excel?

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Looking good so far! I've read about using Metricide as an alternative to Excel, hadn't seen it in action yet though... Is your goal to see how it compares to Excel?

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No, the goal of this treatment is to show that the "spray" approach works very effectively, when used in conjunction with the "turkey baster" approach lauded by many people.

On another forum (BC Aquaria) there was a long thread on how to fight bba using excel or metricide, but it was all lost when the forum died. As a result, I've decided to do a case study for future reference by others.
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I have successfully treated BBA with excel with the spray method, but i find using H202 is cheaper, and just as effective. Good Luck!
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What's the H2O2 method? I can add a post about it on tankspiration!
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Hydrogen Peroxide, in the brown bottle. I use about 2ML per gallon. Can spray, spot treat, and just dose it to the tank.
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I am about 3-4 weeks in with using Metricide 14 to treat BBA. I use 20-25ml every night after the lights go out on my 75 gallon. Most of the BBA is gone with the remaining dying off. I just wish I would have found out about Metricide sooner. Will be interesting to follow this.
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I'm enjoying your blog, Alym. Keep up the good work!
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I am about 3-4 weeks in with using Metricide 14 to treat BBA. I use 20-25ml every night after the lights go out on my 75 gallon. Most of the BBA is gone with the remaining dying off. I just wish I would have found out about Metricide sooner. Will be interesting to follow this.
Yeah, that's about right for a 75...mine's a 50 and I dose about half that, so your dosage is a bit lower than mine. I'm going to hit the tank with a syringe of metricide today. Then tomorrow will do another spray treatment.

I'm tempted to add some SAE's just to clean up the mess!
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From what I understand glutaraldehyde turns in to a source of carbon for plants after several hours in the tank. I am curious about the effect this will have on growth. You are currently not injecting co2, correct?

This is what I was looking for, thanks!
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While I *used* to have co2 injected in the 46, I had to make the call to move it to the 90. I can't afford to have co2 on both.

So yes, the 46 is now low tech and the metricide should have a beneficial effect on the other plants in the tank.
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No, the goal of this treatment is to show that the "spray" approach works very effectively, when used in conjunction with the "turkey baster" approach lauded by many people.

On another forum (BC Aquaria) there was a long thread on how to fight bba using excel or metricide, but it was all lost when the forum died. As a result, I've decided to do a case study for future reference by others.
Interesting... so you're spraying the product by pulling the ornaments out of the tank? I'd imagine the same could be done with H2O2. Never tried spraying either one personally. Spot treatment and whole tank treatment works great with either Excel or H2O2 so I'd expect the spray approach to be quite effective too.

You can see the H2O2 method here:
http://www.gpodio.com/h2o2.asp

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The spray method works great for driftwood, and moss's with BBA. Ive done it both with excel and h202. Works great.
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The spray method works great for driftwood, and moss's with BBA. Ive done it both with excel and h202. Works great.
Just don't spray stuff like mini pelia - it's a type of 'algae' so to speak and will get killed by Excel quite quickly!
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For those keeping track, new photos have been added on our blog showing the status of my battle with BBA, as of May 30, 2010!
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