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BBA in Shrimp Tank

I'm getting some BBA on my dwarf sag in my EBI shrimp tank

As I understand it, BBA is common in low tech tanks due to the lack of co2.

I started dosing excel to the tank. Dosing 2 capfuls per week. 1 at w/c day and another half way thru the week.

Am I dosing enough?
Do you think this will keep the BBA at bay?
What else can I do?

I want this BBA gone but more importantly, I want it to stay gone.
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Must be the weekly water changes I've been doing. I cut back on water changes and maybe get an sae or 2.
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I have it in both of my tanks. I've been dosing excel daily in my fish tank to try to combat it with limited success. My next plan is spot treating with H2O2. I just leave it be in my shrimp tank. I'm afraid to expose my shrimps to any Excel or H2O2.

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You need to does the excel RIGHT on the bba, its the only way I ever got rid of it. I have 1 cc needless syringes I use for adding in excel and other stuff to the smaller tanks, and just used that to directly does the excel on the bba

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You need to does the excel RIGHT on the bba, its the only way I ever got rid of it. I have 1 cc needless syringes I use for adding in excel and other stuff to the smaller tanks, and just used that to directly does the excel on the bba
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The BBA is spreading everywhere...
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I did some testing today.

Aged De-Chlorinated Tap (24Hours):
pH 6.8
Ammonia 0.25
Nitrite 0ppm
Nitrate 0ppm
GH 6
KH 3


My Fluval EBI Water:
pH 6.4
Ammonia 0ppm
Nitrite 0ppm
Nitrate 0.5ppm
GH 8
KH 2
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BBA is usually more of a symptom of unstable CO2 than just 'low' CO2.

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BBA is usually more of a symptom of unstable CO2 than just 'low' CO2.
Yes, that's what I thought. So, correct me if I'm wrong but since my aged tap and my tank water are close in pH, then I should be able to do water changes without fear of drastic pH/co2 changes right?
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