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Bleaching aquasoil

Im thinking of bleaching one of my tanks because the spirogyra is too strong for me. I've been trying to fight it for almost a year and Im just about to give up.

Im just gonna pour bleach right into it but how about the aquasoil? Do you think the bleach is going to affect the aquasoil chemically? Like for the nutrients and the long lasting effects.

Has anyone bleached their aquasoil before?

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No. Don't use much. Search the forum for dosing. Then do major water changes with 3x Prime dosing to remove chlorine.
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3X dose of excel! no need to bleach.


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3X dose of excel! no need to bleach.
For spirogyra I'm done fighting it so its gonna be total nuke time.

As long as it doesn't change the nutrients in aquasoil, then I will bleach everything.

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Total lack of light for a number of days killed the stuff for me. Killed most of the plants also, but now I'm free of it in my main tank

I've always heard not to use bleach on wood, as it will absorb and leach, and I'm imagining the same to be true of aquasoil as well. May or may not be true, but something to think about.


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Total lack of light for a number of days killed the stuff for me. Killed most of the plants also, but now I'm free of it in my main tank

I've always heard not to use bleach on wood, as it will absorb and leach, and I'm imagining the same to be true of aquasoil as well. May or may not be true, but something to think about.

Hey Minsc! Haven't seen you for a very long time. Believe it or not, but I tried a black out for about 2 weeks and used a UV. I thought it was gone but then about 3 weeks after I turned on the lights, it was back again. Its seriously becoming a full blown nightmare.

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maybe the real problem is you have too much light.

I would think bleach would alter the nutrients in the soil since bleach is a powerful oxidizer.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleach


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Spiro really stinks, no doubt about it. Tom Barr had some mention of it doing poorly in lower light levels, maybe something to try. I hope you can beat it, it really is nasty stuff!


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maybe the real problem is you have too much light.

I would think bleach would alter the nutrients in the soil since bleach is a powerful oxidizer.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleach
On second thought, Bleach COULD cause problems with the Aquasoil, condisering its CEC. I am not sure with will do much to the nutrients, but I am not sure how hard it will be to get the bleach out of the soil.
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Give hydrogen peroxide a go first?
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maybe the real problem is you have too much light.

I would think bleach would alter the nutrients in the soil since bleach is a powerful oxidizer.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleach
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In the past I tried to dose H2O2 to kill it, but many times it grows back while the other plants die.

At the moment its a 65 watt over a 29 gal tank for 7 and a half hours. Co2, and standard EI dosing. I just can't seem to get rid of it.

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65Watts of t5ho?
that's pretty powerful stuff.


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65Watts of t5ho?
that's pretty powerful stuff.
Just checked and its a 55 wat power compact GE bulb.

So thats a 1.89 watts per gallon. On the low end if you consider the height.

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