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30 gal long recovering nicely

Here is my 30 gal long nicely recovering from a bad case of cyanobacteria. I have NO aquascaping skills and for now I am only glad that the plants are alive However I would highly appreciate suggestions. Thanks!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-21-2008, 11:23 AM
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the tank looks nice. i would just put in a carpet if i were you.

what did you do to kill the BGA, if you dont mind sharing?

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Thanks! What I did first was a good manual cleaning, then upgraded the lighting to ~3wpg. That helped some; however after a couple of weeks the BGA came back even with regular water changes. So after doing a little research I tried the "excess nutrients/CO2" method (dosed the tank with 2.5 ml comprehensive SeaChem suppl and increased the CO2 (diy) production by adding 1/4 tsp more yeast. I also added a couple of new plants and did a massive water change (~70%).
That was four weeks ago and the BGA has not returned (YAY!!!) I am now adding 2.5 ml of ferts twice a week and trying to slowly reduce the amount I am using to avoid the green algae bloom (I much prefer the pea soup however to the dreaded blue-green slime). I am also doing weekly 50% water changes.
I know the plants kind of look like I just threw them in (which is not too far off) but I plan to let the tank stabilize for a few months before doing any drastic replanting.
The very incipient glosso carpet is still alive, however the plants are not spreading as I'd like. Maybe I need to research this a bit more...

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best way to get rid of cyanobacter aka slime algae aka blue-green algae is low does antibiotics, namely erythromycin (see doctor or your friendly neighbourhood pharmacist)


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