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post #166 of 175 (permalink) Old 08-30-2019, 10:18 PM
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No more BBA
Yippee!
~Okay, for now- but, I am going to stay positive.
Very nice!

I trimmed out all the plant/leaves that were covered in BBA. I totally removed the completely covered Crypt Parva. I have it in a bucket trying to think about how i can salvage some of it and where I'd put it if I can. I have a few rocks I need to pull out and clean too. The plants all still looking ok a week in. Today I took out a java fern and another that looks similar, but has roots like a sword, put them in the (no CO2 - low light) tank upstairs. In their place I added a new bunch of Vallisneria Spiralis Leopard in the background and some Bacopa Australia in the foreground.
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post #167 of 175 (permalink) Old 10-21-2019, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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After taking out the substrate, replacing a majority of the plants, and cleaning all surface areas with Excel, I had about 4 weeks of no BBA. It was perfect.
But, all good things come to an end because the problem I had ( and have) is still there.

First, it grew on intake and outtakes of filter and air stone. I didnt panic. I remembered ( I think it was from the wise Mr. @Ken Keating) that I could contain it by a routine maintenance of Excel in a spray bottle. I did this once around a month ago and it didnt return on these surfaces. But...

It grew- all at once- up the corners of the silicone--- and quick! I did the same. Sprayed with excel and was gone in days. Didnt come back on these areas.

A couple days ago noticed it growing on tips of a java moss leaf- took leaf off and tossed.

So, this is the new plan. i doubt it will ever go away in my tank because of the particular fire-storm this tank and inhabitants have to offer.
But, going forward, I have a slow and steady plan of attack to keep it under control. Thanks to all that were helpful.
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post #168 of 175 (permalink) Old 10-22-2019, 06:34 PM
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I have a slow and steady plan of attack to keep it under control.
Yeah, I totally get this. I never really got it completely all out of the tank yet, but where I've cleaned it off it's only ever come back in the silicone corners. I think it's just going to be a constant battle for the foreseeable future.
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Spray the wood, plants, anything you want to keep with glut while out of the water. I really think that'll get you out of the woods. I wouldn't destroy perfectly good driftwood or rocks, personally. Good luck and keep us posted!
Sorry I'm new here, I have a little BBA, & want to deal with it, but what is glut?

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Hello All, excellent BBA discussion here, but I was wondering if anyone ever tried a Turf Algae Scrubber, I used to use them on saltwater tanks I had, & they work wonders on controlling nuisance algae.
I'm going to try this on my planted tank to see what happens, just need the time to build it.
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I have used a turf scrubber on marine and also loved it. But the downside I see to using one in a planted tank is that the algae you are growing and harvesting would take up the fertilizers we are trying to add. @Crisis64, glut is glutaraldehyde, the active ingredient in Excel, CO2 Booster and so forth.
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I have used a turf scrubber on marine and also loved it. But the downside I see to using one in a planted tank is that the algae you are growing and harvesting would take up the fertilizers we are trying to add. @Crisis64, glut is glutaraldehyde, the active ingredient in Excel, CO2 Booster and so forth.
Good Point @Blue Ridge Reef, so maybe not a good option then, I also remember reading somewhere,(not sure where) but is glutaraldehyde a good alternative to flourish excel(too expensive)
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I'm not an advocate of using Met5 or any of the alternatives if not experienced with safe chemical handling. I certainly don't consider myself as such, and Excel is pretty cheap for how little you use. I thought this article was a tad alarmist when it came out, but I don't discount one bit of her thoughts on using "real" glut: https://www.sunkengardens.net/blog/2...glutaraldehyde
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I have used a turf scrubber on marine and also loved it. But the downside I see to using one in a planted tank is that the algae you are growing and harvesting would take up the fertilizers we are trying to add. @Crisis64, glut is glutaraldehyde, the active ingredient in Excel, CO2 Booster and so forth.

I'll pay for extra ferts and CO2 if it helps keep BBA out of my tank. Besides, I'm feeding the algae now, just doing in the tank instead of on a scrubber.
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