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If you ever get bba on a nice piece of wood what is an effective method of totally eradicating it?

Last tear down I scrubbed down one of my older pieces with a stiff cleaning brush. Scrubbed out some soft spots till it looked like new.

It's my own fault I left the CO2 off for a couple of days and it's back.

It would be nice to shelve it for a time dry, but how long can this stuff stay dormant?
 

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You can soak the wood in a solution of Flourish excel, or use the 20:1 water to bleach method on it, then scrub it with a toothbrush, and rinse it very well.
 

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just scrub it off?
what's the big aversion to BBA? It's not harmful to anything.
Spreading to adjacent plants for one. It is to my blood pressure. :angryfire

Kidding of course.

Bleach may be a little harsh on wood and the chance of not removing it all soaking it worries me.

The magic juice Excel is tempting but I tend not to have so much time to be spot dosing. Whole tank treatments turned into a crutch for me. Once I stopped it always came back. I've bee trying to pump in more CO2 but my reactor ain't taking it well.

I may try a hydrogen peroxide bath followed by a nice hot summer of exposure.... Just on this one piece as an experiment.
Probably still a little on the harsh side.
 

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For me, I think every single peice of wood I've used in the aquarium has ended up with BBA on it. I just let it do it's thing, just try to keep the co2 up.
 

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I've scrubbed the living daylights out of my driftwood a bazillion times in the past. I still get BBA on it years later. Not on anything else, either. I've turned my CO2 up so high I've almost killed my fish, no change in the BBA. I just chalk it up to being part of the idiosyncrasies of my tank.

Tommy
 
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