Originally Posted by Blue Ridge Reef
Sorry you are dealing with this, it's a bear. I have tinkered around with it but never really could pinpoint a perfect method of eradication. Tried spot treating with Excel, but as you describe -it's often just too "all over the place" for spot treatment. Best luck I had was putting Excel in a spray bottle, draining the tank down to expose it, and spray the Glut right on it and let it sit for a few minutes, then fill back up as usual. This would be especially difficult if growing on the substrate and is an extreme measure for sure, but everything else I tried and it just comes right back. It seems to have certain sets of conditions though. I once moved an old Anubias with BBA all over the roots into a high tech tank and the BBA withered away to nothing. Don't know if CO2 levels can kill it, bright lights or what but it hated that tank. I have found nothing that reliably eats it.
In your tank photos maybe it's the lighting or a camera trick but yours looks compromised. I've had it lush and ink black to dark gray in color. That looks almost brownish. Maybe the Excel is working?
No, not a trick of camera, it is more brown than grey or black on wood. I hope it is stressed!
I was okay with the BBA until it started getting on substrate- then it was like- no way!
I suppose I can give this one last try- like you suggest with the Excel.
Good to know! I may try one out in the future, they look pretty cool. lol
Try this, dose your macros on water change day, dose for a TOTAL of 20ish ppm nitrates (say you have 10 ppm after WC, add another 10 or so from dosing) and 2 ppm of phosphate, follow the directions for potassium. If you're doing micros, just follow the directions there as well. See if that helps you.
I just got ( a few days ago) the Thrive All In One liquid ferts to start weaning myself out of the 6 liquid bottle designer ferts. Stupid it has taken me so long. After a while maybe Ill feel confident enough to go dry and mix myself- I am wary because of my sensitive fish.
I think the Thrive will be setting me at a higher nitrate concentration than the Seachem line was. Ill do some testing to see where Im falling. .
Thanks for some tips, the fish could care less but Im really getting so frustrated with this tank.