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Old 12-06-2010, 12:02 AM   #1
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BBA - Getting ready to nuke tank.


Well I've admittedly been neglecting my tank because of work. Unfortunately, that neglect has triggered a really bad case of BBA. At this point I'm really considering transferring all of my fish, shrimp, and apple snails into a temporary holding tank, removing my plants and filter media and cleaning the tank and fake rock background with something like hydrogen peroxide.

What do you think? At this point, and from these pictures, is that my best solution?





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Old 12-06-2010, 12:12 AM   #2
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wow looks like low co2.

This may not be a recommended method but it worked for me; I would take those individual pieces out and then boil it or rinse it good with a hot water bath and scrub it a bit. Then with it out of the water hit it with h202 and let it simmer.

Then put it back in the tank, there will still be algae but you will notice some will already turned red and turned white, giving you a jumpstart to get rid of it.

But you have to fiqure out why this happened so it wont come back later.
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Old 12-06-2010, 12:35 AM   #3
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hah, hairy glass.
The easiest solution is H2O2, 5ml per 10G. Leave the filters off for 30 minutes when you do this. Attack the base of the BBA with a syringe if you can. You can nuke it with 10+ml/10G but I'd take the fish out. THen do a water change and add the fish back.

You won't noticed any change at first but the BBA should turn red and die off in a few days.

You shouldn't feel bad, I do weekly maintenance and I still get the stuff.
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Old 12-06-2010, 12:37 AM   #4
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I know how it can get with being busy at work and not having time for the tank, so I feel your pain. I actually tore down my 10g after this same thing happened and wound up getting a 25g and going with low light.

If you're willing to take everything down and go the hydrogen peroxide route I'd say go for it. At this point fighting it without doing so almost looks impossible. Impossible is nothing, however.
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is h2o2 safe for shrimps?
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Old 12-06-2010, 04:48 AM   #6
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Yeah, I think I'm going to nuke it with H2O2. My plan is to do the following:

1. Transfer fish and other marine animals to temporary 5-gallon, heated holding tank
2. Remove plants, trim off BBA parts, and place in temporary tank
3. Remove and discard existing Eco-complete
4. Remove bio-filter and place in plastic container for use with cleaned tank
5. Clean tank throughly
6. Soak tank, rocks, and wood in H2O2 for 24-48 hours
7. Rinse tank and all decor
8. Add new Eco-complete and re-aquascape
9. Replace bio-filter media

Should I change or add anything? For a 30-gallon tank, how much H2O2 should I use to effectively kill all the algae?

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Old 12-07-2010, 02:30 AM   #7
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What say ye wise aquarium hobbyists? Is this a good plan?
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:54 AM   #8
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I dont think that soaking for a full day with h202 is necessary. Usually after about 40 minutes the h2o2 is gone. I try to scrub off most of it after heat soaking it then the rest hit it with h202. I did that to my branches yesterday and 90% of it is white and red now and it only took me an hour at most

Id leave your bio media in tact.

Id wait for another member but I dont see why its necessary to replace the substrate as well. You really should just clean what you can and leave whats left there so that your tank wont take to long to do a mini cycle, if any.

The glass you can skim with a old clean credit card, but as for the rear wall background, is it removable? also the drop checker can be cleaned externally to, but be careful to not drop it and be gentle.

If the plants arent coverd then leave it, if there is some bba on it trim it.
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The glass you can skim with a old clean credit card, but as for the rear wall background, is it removable?
Unfortunately, no. It's attached to the Biocube back.
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is it coverd in bba or gsa?
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I'm pretty sure it's bba.
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Why are you replacing your substrate?

I'd just leave the h2o2 in for 30 minutes or so. It's done its work by then.
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Why are you replacing your substrate?
It' about 8 months old and I think all of the nutrients are gone. Plus, I'm worried about BBA spores.
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Spores are everywhere. Just work on the algae.
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Old 12-07-2010, 05:33 AM   #15
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If you can see It pm the substrate then nuke it or throw that little bit away. But save your money. I don't think the nutriants are gone, you should be OK. I recoverd from black algae and kept the same gravel
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