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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-19-2020, 01:43 AM
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I first cleaned my tank and filters of all organic waste and matter. Then did this 3 times, every other day. By the next week everything was gone. Hope this helps!
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Agree, removing as much of the organics is key. Although BBA can grow in low light as well it’s growth accelerates as light increases.


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This treatment wiped out all bba, and string algae from my shrimp tanks. Give it a try. Also, cleaning up all organic waste and matter in the tank is a good tip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th3FFTiuzJo
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I first cleaned my tank and filters of all organic waste and matter. Then did this 3 times, every other day. By the next week everything was gone. Hope this helps!

The video instructions say turn off filtration, dose 3% Hydrogen peroxide 1.5ml / gallon, wait 1 hour, turn filters back on, and can be applied three times in three days. It is safe with shrimps, snails and fish.

Thank you Eric, it is very helpful information.


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Yes try it out. Make sure you mix around the water after dosing in the tank. I left my lights off for a couple days after treatment. It worked for me. Also, it is supposed to be 1.2 ml in the guy was not using US gallons.

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The video instructions say turn off filtration, dose 3% Hydrogen peroxide 1.5ml / gallon, wait 1 hour, turn filters back on, and can be applied three times in three days. It is safe with shrimps, snails and fish.

Thank you Eric, it is very helpful information.
One more thing which is possible. Every time I've had bba problem I found that my co2 output was low. Make sure you're dosing 20-30ppm. BBA doesnt seem to like clean and acidic environments. Make sure filters and lines are cleaned as well. You mentioned you have a shrimp tank but you are dosing co2. In all my years I've never had shrimps thrive in a co2 injected tank. I thought reading other posts that this doesn't matter if you do it right. No way, there is a huge difference. Once I removed that and only grew low light low maintainence plants in my shrimp tanks their population exploded. I guess it matters which is more important, plants or shrimps.

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Yes try it out. Make sure you mix around the water after dosing in the tank. I left my lights off for a couple days after treatment. It worked for me. Also, it is supposed to be 1.2 ml in the guy was not using US gallons.

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One more thing which is possible. Every time I've had bba problem I found that my co2 output was low. Make sure you're dosing 20-30ppm. BBA doesnt seem to like clean and acidic environments. Make sure filters and lines are cleaned as well. You mentioned you have a shrimp tank but you are dosing co2. In all my years I've never had shrimps thrive in a co2 injected tank. I thought reading other posts that this doesn't matter if you do it right. No way, there is a huge difference. Once I removed that and only grew low light low maintainence plants in my shrimp tanks their population exploded. I guess it matters which is more important, plants or shrimps.
Co2 will only impact algae growth if you have the plant mass to make use of it. Simply adding co2 won't do a thing to a plantless or minimalist setup won' do much. Good co2 will increase uptake thus make quick work of decomposing toxins.

I run high co2 on my tank that houses tetras and shrimp and the shrimp are breeding out of control. Quality of water with low organic load, far more important.
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Agree, removing as much of the organics is key. Although BBA can grow in low light as well itís growth accelerates as light increases.
I think this is the real reason for "increase your flow" success. More motion to churn up debris off the bottom where it can get sucked into the filter (and then, theoretically, physically removed). I had a recent short bout with bba, that was simply from trying to turn up my lights higher than necessary. I dropped my intensity and duration, and most of it has melted away in a few weeks. I really did nothing else.
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