Re: [anubiasdesign] Hair Algae
- I am leary of Excel, as I have used it and it killed my Botia sidthimunki.
Burned them badly. Was not nice to see. The tank was otherwise healthy and
the dosage I used was about 50% of the recommended amount, as I am normally
cautious with that stuff anyhow. If you use it, be careful. I know lots of
folks who have never had problems, but I did and so it is possible. FWIW
took me years, and until only about a month ago, to replace those sids. The
ones that died I had had for 6 or 8 years and they were wonderful animals.
If you use this, and can remove the animals, then I agree to do so.
I prefer to *not* use chemicals when a another option is avaliable. There
are biological and environmental controls, so why dump in drugs except as a
last resort? :) There are animals that eat it, and as Chuck said, CO2 can
be utilized also.
>From: Chuck Nishihira <dfmanuran@...>
>Subject: Re: [anubiasdesign] Hair Algae
>Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2006 16:08:17 -0700 (PDT)
>I think probably the best thing to do is to increase
>the amount of CO2 in your tank. Be mindful of the
>fish in there (maybe even take them out for awhile.
>But if you elevate the CO2 levels, the black brush
>algae will die off quickly. Just keep your CO2 levels
>correct after that and the BBA shouldn't return. Or
>if you don't use CO2, a lot of people swear by using
>Excel (I hope it is okay to mention this Mark. If
>Mark sells it, buy it from him please). At
>recommended dosages or even a little higher, it will
>kill the BBA. It will turn it bright read
>first...kind of neat.
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: Steve Sears
> > To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> > Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2006 11:39 PM
> > Subject: [anubiasdesign] Hair Algae
> > I know this is not really a plant list,
> > but I know many folks here know their tanks. So a
> > question. I've just started live plant tanks during
> > the last 6 months. The 29 looks great with one of
> > the coral life T5 duel florescent lights. The 55
> > (with the same brand lights) was doing great, but is
> > now just full of black hair algae. It is so bad I'm
> > thinking I'm going to have to get rid of all the
> > plants, move the fish, and start over. Is there
> > anything else I could do that might get rid of the
> > algae, and save the plants. Your suggestions are
> > appreciated.
> > Steve
> > Indecision may or may not be my problem.
> > Jimmy
> > Buffett
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- To kill BBA with Excel, spot treat it.This means, take your doseage of Excel for the tank, and administer it using a syringe. Squirt the Excel directly on to the BBA, one small section at a time over the course of your regular dosing.BBA goes grey and dies.----- Original Message -----From: Michael VulisSent: Sunday, December 09, 2007 3:18 PMSubject: Re: [anubiasdesign] Hair Algae
Thanks a lot, Charles,
Mine is BBA and everything tried so far does not have much effect on it
(Seachem Excel does slow it down, and elimination of phosphates from the
water reduced it from a plant-killer to a mere pest...But I'd still
want it gone.)
What is the dosing?
I don't understand what you mean by "try in a small spot" exactly? Remove
a plant from a tank and treat a part of it?
My curse is that the fish in the affected tanks is sensitive
(hillstreams) ...I guess at the very least one should not worry about H2O2
removing oxygen from the water, which is usually the main danger with
drugs, but I don't know what else it can do. Did you/anyone else tried it
with hillstreams around?
>>But how safe is this with fish around?
> I have used it in small and large tanks and never had a problem with
> fish being affected.
> Is this algae of yours fine filament green stuff or the grey Black Beard
> Hydrogen Peroxide kills them both but the BBA just hangs around and
> turns more grey. It stops growing though. It is simple enough to try
> in a small spot. It was a surprise when I first tried it.
> No problems with the fish.
> Charles H