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Just thought I'd share since I've been trying a lot of things lately. I was reading on Barreport that he has no problem ridding plants of BBA by throwing them in a low tech tank full of RCS. The theory discussed was that the stability of the tank killed the BBA and that the shrimp finished the leftovers.
I've also read about flagfish, Mollys, SAE and snails...

Well, I had a fist sized piece of Mopani with a 6 or 7 leaf specimen of anubias. The 75G high tech I took it out of was/is fairly ridden with BBA from a vacation I took for about a week and a half. The wood was completely covered, the anubias was about 75%.

I figured lost cause, so why not try?

My RCS breeder is 10G and has about 100 shrimp of various ages from three females and one male after 3 moths or so. I never turn the light off and I never get more than a dusting of algae that might last a day or two. Its pretty heavily planted and the only thing I monitor is TDS, and not very well.

The BBA was gone in less than 4 hours.

All of it. Every root clean. All of the wood. All of the leaves, spotless.

Just thought I'd share. I haven't seen RCS mentioned much at all as a solution. I know Amano work but they can be difficult to find some places.

I suppose I'll be transplanting as many of these juveniles that will be difficult to eat after overfeeding my black skirts as I can.

Good luck and I'll post back here with some before and after shots if I can figure out how to post pics.
 

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I think they honestly just preffered the BBA. I feed aqueon shrimp tabs several times a day, they are basically always feasting. This is the first time I've kept a shrimp only tank so I've had quite a few surprises but the 3 females just keep producing so I'd assume there is plenty of nutrition.

My point in posting was really the speed they completed the task and how thorough they were. I've thrown SAE into the fight and really only barely noticed improvement. I've kept a good group of Amano before and really the same results.

I guess I'd be curious if anyone with decently sized populations of RCS struggles with the beard?
 

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It pops up every now and again in established and newer tanks, all low tech shrimp only tanks. Been fortunate enough that I generally don't have to struggle with it (knock on wood). Generally shows up on the exit tubes on the filters, sponge and UGF. I have spares so I just swap em, clean the BBA and stash till I need to swap again. I cant recall ever seeing it in any of my Neocaridina tanks, usually 100+ inhabitants. But its popped up worse in my 2 larger colonies of Caridina, 100+ inhabitants, mixes/culls and Crystal Reds.
 
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