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Just got back from a week long trip..

Things have grown in a little more, and so has some algae. Did a minor trim removing decaying/bba leaves, a 50% waterchange and 2 days later did a 90% waterchange with a little h202 spray action. The bba had started to grow on some of the wood/rock surfaces and even on individual grains of sand. It's not too bad but i'll keep my eye on it.




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This is phenomenal - I'm really jealous. I've been struggling with my cube tank.
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This is phenomenal - I'm really jealous. I've been struggling with my cube tank.
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+1. I am also curious about this, as I have noticed a few of these on my H'ra. I assumed either damage due to fish, or maybe a nutrient def leading to increased fragility, as my tank is low tech and I don't measure all the micros, but your tank seems to be in top shape and still getting some. I'm interested to see if anyone else has experienced this or has any insight.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/1...ld-leaves.html

Been reading this thread and will be looking into adding Seachem Equilibrium to the mix.
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Stems are starting to look great after the trim last week.



- Bought 7 more ember tetras to add to the shoal
- Bought 2 SAE's to help out with minor algae



Some examples of the bba thats growing currently. I'm confident with the hydrogen peroxide/SAE combo i'll have it knocked back eventually. Already seeing slight improvements.




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Some examples of the bba thats growing currently. I'm confident with the hydrogen peroxide/SAE combo i'll have it knocked back eventually. Already seeing slight improvements.
Are you spot treating with hydrogen peroxide or doing a general treatment?
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Are you spot treating with hydrogen peroxide or doing a general treatment?
Just a spot treatment spray before a water change.


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Just a spot treatment spray before a water change.
You have a beautiful tank and a talent for aquascaping and growing plants, you are inspiring me(maybe in the future) to tear down my 17g 'green' and start over.

In my limited experience, scrape/scratch off BBA off hardscape works best, I've seen George Farmer use a steel brush in tank but I like using an algae scraper or just my nails. Physical removal > Chemical Removal.

If its just a little on plants I give up and just remove the plant I can't stand seeing it. Also good idea once you scrape to vacuum/WC right after you don't want BBA pieces/spores resettling somewherelse but if its just little clumps I try to just scrape them off with my nails.


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You have a beautiful tank and a talent for aquascaping and growing plants, you are inspiring me(maybe in the future) to tear down my 17g 'green' and start over.

In my limited experience, scrape/scratch off BBA off hardscape works best, I've seen George Farmer use a steel brush in tank but I like using an algae scraper or just my nails. Physical removal > Chemical Removal.

If its just a little on plants I give up and just remove the plant I can't stand seeing it. Also good idea once you scrape to vacuum/WC right after you don't want BBA pieces/spores resettling somewherelse but if its just little clumps I try to just scrape them off with my nails.
Do it! A 17g isn't too bad in terms of rescaping plus its nice to see a freshly planted tank fill in again.

I'll try out the scraping method next waterchange, i've got a spare toothbrush I can use. The H202 method is a tried and true though, give it a try. As long as you don't overdose, a couple sprays leave the algae turning red and it either disintegrates or gets eaten. When I was testing it the only problem I encountered was it melting small new leaves on the buce and melting the mini pelia when directly applied.

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I took out this clump of buce on a rock and gave it a spray on two occasions and soon after it looks like this


After a few days and its almost completely knocked back
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Do it! A 17g isn't too bad in terms of rescaping plus its nice to see a freshly planted tank fill in again.
I agree with you before I do I want to grow out some plants to put in the new scape. But I definitely will, I want a lower maintenance scape for next time. Everything I have in my tank is annoyingly high maintenance so I have learned from that mistake. Stems cannot be just trimmed back at the top or they branch and look ugly,(Rotalas, Pogostemon Erectus). MC needs to be trimmed biweekly I need to learn to cut it much lower and just accept it might be yellow for a week or two after.

Growing plants is no problem but aquascaping is a learned skill combined with a talent for it which you have.
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Sometimes a toothbrush isn't enough, you might need a steel brush,it will get off a lot of green algae but BBA is stubborn.

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Well I most only get it on dead things like my wood or stems in poor health, overall I have had so little I could scrape it off. Agreed if I had large epiphytes I'd have to consider using H2O2 it as replacing a Buce would be costly.
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The coolest way I learned from George Farmer, lower the water below the plant or hardscape with BBA area and paint with H2O2 using a paint brush let it sit 10 minutes and then you can refill, WCs help as well. Probably the safest way to save the plant from damage if done carefully.


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The coolest way I learned from George Farmer, lower the water below the plant or hardscape with BBA area and paint with H2O2 using a paint brush let it sit 10 minutes and then you can refill, WCs help as well. Probably the safest way to save the plant from damage if done carefully.
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Great looking tank! Are those Harlequin Rasboras? They look a lot more golden than I'm used to seeing them.
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Great looking tank! Are those Harlequin Rasboras? They look a lot more golden than I'm used to seeing them.
They look like very well fed Espei Rasboras.


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They look like very well fed Espei Rasboras.
Espei Rasboras correct, in the picture they look golden but in person they're orange. There was actually only two of them in there with the ember tetras and unfortunately one jumped recently. RIP


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Beautiful tank! Subscribing.

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