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Old 12-19-2011, 10:43 PM   #1
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Brown Algae???


Hello experts, i hope you can help me out....

I seem to be getting a bad case of the brown algae on my piece of wood. Can you possibly help me out with diagnosing the issue(s)?

Lighting: 65w (6700K) @ 5-6 hrs
CO2: None
Dosing: None
Filter: XP3
Chemical Levels: all at 0, pH at 7.6-7.8.
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:49 PM   #2
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From the photo I'm going to guess BBA, which is a type of red algae that often looks dark brown or black. It can be treated with spot treating with H2O2 or Excel.
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:58 PM   #3
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My current readings are...

Nitrate: 0
Nitrite: 0
Ammonia: 0
Ph: 7.6-7.8
Light: 65w @ 6700k
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:27 AM   #4
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Is it possible to remove the wood from the tank to either, bleach it, boil it or spot treat it with Excel? If you can't take it from the tank, then I would lower the water so that most of the black brush algae is exposed to the air and treat with Excel.
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:51 AM   #5
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I can definitely extract it from the tank, it is about 18" tall.

If I go the bleach route, I probably dilute with water, soak in dilution until the algae falls off???
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:56 AM   #6
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how big is the tank? If you have issues with bba and kill it, you may still have issues if the light is to much for a non co2 tank.

h202 will work, you can nuke it in the tank.
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Old 12-20-2011, 01:33 AM   #7
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Take a look at this thread:
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/al...k-objects.html
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:27 PM   #8
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I am looking at adding CO2 in the new year. Both of my paintball tanks need to be rehydro tested, so I need that done before I purchase new co2 supply.
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