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Old 11-01-2011, 08:25 PM   #1
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Mild Bleach dip for GSA & BHA?


Setting up a tank-long "diffuser" for greater CO2 efficiency, as the one I have (glass/ceramic) is next to garbage - helping plants okay, but really feeding the algaes - most of the CO2 tops out. Guessing the poor CO2 defusion is the culprit.

Want to keep all my plants (red luds, vals, anubias, java ferns), which all are affected either mildly or moderately.

Considering a few minute bleach dip for them in very mild bleach water for the plants. Then going to give the tank a 40-45% water change each day for the next few days, then kick down the percentage after a week or so in hopes of depriving the spores.

Okay plan? Too much work or not enough? Or, should I just chuck the plants, get new plants, insert new CO2 diffuser and wait?

All readings are good and filter shows barely any dirt in foam and floss.

Thanks in advance.
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19/1 parts water and bleach respectively. 60 seconds will be all you need.
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19/1 parts water and bleach respectively. 60 seconds will be all you need.
Thanks Abrium. Was about to bump this thread.

Will do.
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But you will also need to rinse the plants good after the dip, but after all this work you have not fixed the problem. If you have water parameters, lighting info, and tank depth you can most likely fix the problem without any bleach.


Both types of theses algaes come from the lack of nutrients, I think you boost macros for GSA and micros and Fe for hair algae.


To tell the truth your tank is out of balance, high light, CO2, inert substrate, very lightly planted, so if your adding ferts it should be weekly with water changes every other month, IMO. Read this article about the 4 different tank setups that make it easier to have an algae free/less tank, I hope they help. BTW #3 would be your tank if you turn off 2 bulbs.
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