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Water Movement.

I have a 20 long planted dirt tank.

I have a eheim Cannister filter with spray bar on one end moving across the top of water.

I have isseues with BBA and Maybe Staghorn algea.

I tried a small prop/powerhead to move water and its way to much.

how do i increase water movement so that plants and fish can avoid being blown everywhere?

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BBA is tough. This is what I did, but it still took time. I overdose Seachem Excel at 1 ml per gallon per day, inject CO2 as close to 30 ppm as possible, and provide good flow. Algae spores like to settle and good water circulation prevents them from settling as easy. Every PWC cut off BBA infected leaves. Spot treating with the filter off using excel in a syringe may help also (some people use H2O2 for spot treatment).

"how do i increase water movement so that plants and fish can avoid being blown everywhere?"

Maybe a small HOB filter if the powerhead is too much.

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I would recommend the evo mag circulation pump from Hydor. It's pretty neat, it has adjustable flow. I had it on my 20 tall and it was great.

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BBA is tough. This is what I did, but it still took time. I overdose Seachem Excel at 1 ml per gallon per day, inject CO2 as close to 30 ppm as possible, and provide good flow. Algae spores like to settle and good water circulation prevents them from settling as easy. Every PWC cut off BBA infected leaves. Spot treating with the filter off using excel in a syringe may help also (some people use H2O2 for spot treatment).

"how do i increase water movement so that plants and fish can avoid being blown everywhere?"

Maybe a small HOB filter if the powerhead is too much.
TBH I am a bit nervous to overdose excel as i have shrimp in the tank..

I swear I cant win on the circulation. now the fish are huddled up in a corner. I truly dont know how every one finds that happy medium..lol
I have been trying the peroxide this evening tho. thanks for the response

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I would recommend the evo mag circulation pump from Hydor. It's pretty neat, it has adjustable flow. I had it on my 20 tall and it was great.
I almost bought that but went with the eheim as they were tried and true, I may try putting a bit more or less filter floss in it

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Maybe another "shrimper" will chime in. I have no idea what GLUT does to invertebrates.


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Maybe another "shrimper" will chime in. I have no idea what GLUT does to invertebrates. But I prefer spot treatment by H2O2 because it doesn't leave any harmful residue.


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Neos are OK with low to medium doses of excel or glut but I'm not sure about more delicate shrimps.
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Here are a few steps that worked for me to beat BBA in my tank.

1. Lower light intensity
2. consistant source of co2
3. lower feeding
4. more water changes (i went from 50% once a week to 50% 3x a week)
5. good fert regimen, you will have to play around with this depending on your tank and how many plants. E.I. is a safe way to approach this.

within 2 weeks all problem areas started to die off and thin out, and i noticed my clean up crew were eating the weakened BBA as it turned a lighter green instead of grey/black.

My 90 gallon

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Here are a few steps that worked for me to beat BBA in my tank.

1. Lower light intensity
2. consistant source of co2
3. lower feeding
4. more water changes (i went from 50% once a week to 50% 3x a week)
5. good fert regimen, you will have to play around with this depending on your tank and how many plants. E.I. is a safe way to approach this.

within 2 weeks all problem areas started to die off and thin out, and i noticed my clean up crew were eating the weakened BBA as it turned a lighter green instead of grey/black.
perhaps its time to get a timer for lights

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