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What advances have been made? Or are we arguing about EI/ high light / nutrient defficiencies?

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What advances have been made? Or are we arguing about EI/ high light / nutrient defficiencies?
Also curious.

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There was a very recent thread surrounding how to deal with BBA. The content in there varied greatly, but the overall just was, very clean water and stable co2 will eventually get rid of it.


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Don't awaken the spores

It's not one thing. Any variable in your tank can be the trigger. Light, organics, plant mass/uptake, fish load and husbandry all can play a role whether a threshold is surpassed and spores become full blow algae.

With that being said, clean water is the key, but the definition of "clean" water is different from tank to tank based on the above.
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This has been beat to death!

Personal experience here.

I have 4 tanks 2x40g and 2x75g, all were high light, high Co2 tanks full of fast growing stem plants. Life became very busy for me, all four tanks received little to no maintenance for close to 5 months. Lights were not altered at all, all set at a 8 hour photo period. Zero nutrients add to any of the tanks, zero water changes on any of the tanks, just topped up when the water started to splash all over from being too low. All tanks received injected Co2 until the cylinders ran out, except my main display tank which is in full view, I switch that cylinder out to make sure the display tank continued to receive Co2. There was never a day in the whole neglect period the display tank did not have injected Co2 with at least a 1 point drop.

Out of the four tanks which one do you think had literally zero BBA?

Just my 2 cents.
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Thanks,
Here is one more, quite entertaining, https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/2...-bba-help.html .
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This has been beat to death!

Personal experience here.
I hope you don't mind me linking to your thread, but your battle with BBA is a great read.

You demonstrate how to encourage BBA......and then how to fight and beat it back.

Still one of my favorite posts and lots to learn there. You have to read a few pages, but the picture of the snail with BBA still makes me LOL!

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/1...l#post11107499
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I hope you don't mind me linking to your thread, but your battle with BBA is a great read.

You demonstrate how to encourage BBA......and then how to fight and beat it back.

Still one of my favorite posts and lots to learn there. You have to read a few pages, but the picture of the snail with BBA still makes me LOL!

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/1...l#post11107499
Thanks Greggz.

Ya it always amaze me when people would post pictures of their tank and ask, how can I get rid of the BBA it's taking over my tank. In the picture is a heater covered in BBA all the filter pipes covered in BBA........ First steps to getting rid of BBA is to actually get rid of it! If hardware can be removed, remove it, bleach it and then scrub the BBA off the equipment!

I am happy to report, I currently have some pretty nice looking BBA in my 75g grow out tank. But I'm not looking to get rid of it so its ok to post pictures of it all over the equipment.

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I'm told that, once they beat cancer and the common cold, they are going to work on the much more challenging BBA problem.
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Thanks Greggz.

That’s one way to reduce flow of those wave makers. See BBA has its uses,
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Thanks Greggz.

Ya it always amaze me when people would post pictures of their tank and ask, how can I get rid of the BBA it's taking over my tank. In the picture is a heater covered in BBA all the filter pipes covered in BBA........ First steps to getting rid of BBA is to actually get rid of it! If hardware can be removed, remove it, bleach it and then scrub the BBA off the equipment!

I am happy to report, I currently have some pretty nice looking BBA in my 75g grow out tank. But I'm not looking to get rid of it so its ok to post pictures of it all over the equipment.


Dont have CO2, do have a nice green BBA (GBA I guess). If I could figure out a way to control it wow could make some money lol. It looks impressive however does a number on certain plants.


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It's the million dollar question how to defeat the tank cancer. Did Tom Barr really figure it out or he's just a photoshop wizard? Out here in SF there is a great fish store - guy never changes water, runs little to none c02, all tanks look great, super healthy. He has high substrates generally, and doses with special blend.

Bump: So basically no advances have been made. Also did this low filter / no filter / low flow thing - what happened? fish died.

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This has been beat to death!

Personal experience here.

I have 4 tanks 2x40g and 2x75g, all were high light, high Co2 tanks full of fast growing stem plants. Life became very busy for me, all four tanks received little to no maintenance for close to 5 months. Lights were not altered at all, all set at a 8 hour photo period. Zero nutrients add to any of the tanks, zero water changes on any of the tanks, just topped up when the water started to splash all over from being too low. All tanks received injected Co2 until the cylinders ran out, except my main display tank which is in full view, I switch that cylinder out to make sure the display tank continued to receive Co2. There was never a day in the whole neglect period the display tank did not have injected Co2 with at least a 1 point drop.

Out of the four tanks which one do you think had literally zero BBA?

Just my 2 cents.
The three tanks were ok with nothing. The display tank had no BBA.

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One more question - does anyone have BBA inside of their filtesr?I clean my eheim quarterly and never see anything in there that looks bba. I use a microscope occasionally and all the bio balls are clean of the lunar dusting. Never see it attached to any pipes either.

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