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what kind of algae and how to get rid of?

it grows in lil fuzzy tuffs all over the place, especially on my anubias. my algae fix doesnt faze it, and my pleco doesnt touch it. any other creatures that like this? and i know about lowering the lights, but woul prefer not going this route.
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is it black?


bba most likely


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yup searched it on google and that matches what i have, now how do i get rid of it, its covering all of my plants.
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Lowering lighting. Providing proper co2. manual removal. Hydrogen peroxide. seachem excel. Any of these will work. Using the search function you should be able to gather some useful info on its removal.

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ya im searching now that i have a name for it, but everything is saying removal and up the c02. well i dont use c02 and if i trim my anubias then there will nothing left of it cause it is covered.

will SAE's make quick work of it? or any kind of shirmp/snails?
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unfortunately no unless you starve the sae they might eat it then. or they will starve and die. cruel either way.

get bottle of H202 for 99c at the drug store, and spray/wipe on/douse the affected areas with it let it bubble up for a bit then back in the tank the black will turn red a few days later and start to fall away.

if it is unable to be pulled from the tank to treat it get a baby medicine syringe and a little lenght of air tubbing so you can direct where you spray it. then just un plug your filter and treat the affected areas right there in the water, dont worry the reaction you see is h202 turning to o2. let them bubble for 10 or so mins then turn the filter on the same black to red change over a few days will happen.


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+1 to H2O2, since you prefer not to use the other options.

If you use in-tank treatments (like stop filters, squirt BBA with syringe), treat once per day, and don't exceed 2 tbsp. per 10 gallons per day. Just hit different spots each day. Larger doses may harm fish and other critters.
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ok ill try that, or i may just make DIY c02 setup, will that produce enough c02 in the tank? (55gal)
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What lights do you use? Ultimately, BBA is caused by too much light. Killing off what you have doesn't prevent it from coming right back.

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ok ill try that, or i may just make DIY c02 setup, will that produce enough c02 in the tank? (55gal)
Diy co2 might just make things worse. Ime, unstable co2 makes bba rear its ugly head. Since it sounds like you have a low tech tank, I would lessen your lights to lessen the demand for co2. Depending on your light setup, raise your lights a few inches or lessen the intensity.
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