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Old 06-22-2013, 02:56 AM   #1
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Which is this (Brush/Beard/BGA)?


I had BGA/Cyanobacteria take over my entire planted tank about 2 years ago.
Then I got a common pleco, and it all disappeared within a week.
Well the pleco has passed and eventually this stuff has been stealing my plants light for months now.

I can't tell if it's Brush, Beard, or BGA. Perhaps I have multiple types of algae.




You can see that some of the algae is fluffy, and actually spreads from one leaf to another (on my one fake plant, bottom-left of the first image).

It is soft and if I let it accumulate, I can peel some of it off in pieces. If I don't let it accumulate, I have to rub the crap out of the leaves, often ripping them apart.

It also smells, which is why I think it could be BGA again.

Water changes, less food, and blackouts don't seem to be helping much.
Any help is appreciated!
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Old 06-22-2013, 02:10 PM   #2
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It looks like BBA and not BGA to me.

I believe people generally interchange Black Beard Algae and Black Brush Algae.

What are your lighting conditions (duration, amount, intensity, type of bulb), fertilizers (if any) and CO2 (if any)?
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Old 06-22-2013, 02:38 PM   #3
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I have two full length T8 bulbs in my 29 gal, on for 7 hrs a day. No CO2.

Plants are barely growing compaired to two years ago.

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Old 06-23-2013, 07:30 PM   #4
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I would start dosing excel at least
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I would start dosing excel at least
I have shrimp, frogs, and snails, so most chemicals are a no-no as far I understand.

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Old 06-23-2013, 08:16 PM   #6
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I have shrimp, frogs, and snails, so most chemicals are a no-no as far I understand.
Can you remove the plants and dab hydrogen peroxide on the plant leaves with Q-tips? You could also try dipping the entire plant in hydrogen peroxide. Please note this is only a short term solution. You need to find out what is unbalancing the tank which is the source of the problem.
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:24 PM   #7
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I3raven, if I use my city tap water, dechlorinate with drops, what can I really do about my water? What I mean is, let's say my tap is high or low in something, if the tap is bad then there's not much I can do besides add dangerous chemicals right?
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I3raven, if I use my city tap water, dechlorinate with drops, what can I really do about my water? What I mean is, let's say my tap is high or low in something, if the tap is bad then there's not much I can do besides add dangerous chemicals right?
Ah I didn't know that. You either have to make a DIY CO2 diffuser or buy an actual unit and tank. Or you can dose excel in the tank, but remove the frogs, shrimp, etc. and add them to a temporary tank. If those options aren't possible, I don't know what to tell you...
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