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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-18-2004, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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Does anybody think that a UV

sterilizer would be effective in fighting BBA? I know its useful on other spores, bacteria, ect. But how bout BBA? Ive watched the way BBA spreads in my tank from leaf to leaf, wouldnt it seem logical that it spreads via spores in the water column? If so do you think I could kill them with high level doses of UV? I was thinking about a 25watt Pentair unit. Anybody have any feedback on this idea? I dont want to try the peroxide route again after what happened last time.
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Although I haven't had any BBA problems, there is a nice article on it's causes and cures here . Although using a UV isn't one of the cures listed in this article, I think using one for algae control may be of some benifit as the article does state that "This can come in as some small filaments floating in the water, as water born spores or perhaps in the digestive tract of fishes". Since the UV kills all these nasties, it has to have some impact on it's probagation.

Best of luck getting rid of this stuff. I had it in one of my old tanks many years ago and was never able to get rid of it. I eventually tore the aquarium down and stated from scratch. Kind of a drastic measure, but that crap was/is a true nightmare for hobbiests.

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UV light is a neat little thing. It can kill a lot of the little nasties that are living in your aquarium, and help eliminate a green water attack. However, I doubt it will have much effect on killing of BBA. It may work on some of the BBA spores that could be floating about the aquarium, but once BBA gets a foothold, I think balance, good CO2 levels, and an SAE is about the only way to attack it.


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ya unfortunately I have a Buttifokeri in the tank which would probably eat any SAE that I put in there. I dont like the idea of turning it into a rock only biotope
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