Posted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:35 pm Post subject: Planted Tank Experts need your Input with regards to BBA
I have been battling with BBA in my tank for the past 6 months.
Tank size: 15 gallons
Lighting: 2.5 watts/gallon
Fertilizers: DIY fertilizers once a week after 50% weekly water change
CO2: DIY CO2 system
I think that CO2 fluctuation is the cause of the BBA, since DIY CO2 gives good amount of gas for the first few days and then after 4 days there is a decrease in the rate of bubbles. Also at 2.5 watt per gallon i think a high concentration of CO2 is needed.
What will happen if I reduce the lighting to 1 watt/gallon. Will the plants grow and will the BBA starve?
Is there any other solution to this problem can I fix it permanently?
What will happen if I give high lighting and no CO2 system at all?
Posted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:19 am Post subject: Re: Planted Tank Experts need your Input with regards to BBA
Tackling BBA is very difficult. Please take the following steps...
Use a double dose of Flourish Excel daily ( or Glutaraldehyde ) for a week and BBA should disappear. ( This is a temporary soln. )
A permanent soln to stop it re-growing...
Use more stem plants which are fast growing. They use up most of the excess Phosphates and Nitrates in the tank.
Reducing the light is not the soln.
Dosing a small quantity every alternate day of Macros and Micros is better than a higher dose once a week.
If you have too many fish, reduce them and feed them Micro pellets which will stay afloat for a long time. This will help you to determine the quantity of food that is really required for your fish and wastage will be reduced leading to less phosphates in the tank
Remove any dying or decaying leaves from the tank manually.
For the time being change 50% water every alternate day till you get rid of the algae
You can give high light and use flourish excel instead of DIY CO2 in the long term.
Posted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:52 pm Post subject: Re: Planted Tank Experts need your Input with regards to BBA
Type of algae Cause Solution
Black Beard Algae (BBA) Low CO2 Add CO2, trim, spot treat with Excel
Blue Green Algae (BGA) Low nitrate Blackout + add nitrate
Cladophora Low nitrate + Low CO2 Add nitrate, add CO2
Diatoms Excess silicates, Low light Wait, add catfish, use RO water/sponge
Green Dust Algae (GDA) Spores Wait out life cycle, remove + WC
Green Spot Algae (GSA) Low phosphate + Low CO2? Add phosphate, possibly add more CO2
Green Water (GW) Ammonia + high light Reduce light, Wait, Small WC, UV filter
Hair Algae Excess nutrients, silicates WC, Excel, feed less, is something limited?
Hydra Stowaway in live food Use cleaner live food, flubendazole, H2O2
Milky Water Bacteria bloom Wait out, protect filter, add fish slowly
Staghorn Ammonia + low CO2 Remove, WC, protect filter, Excel
String Algae Excess nutrients WC + get biofilter working
I hope the above information helps you.
Posted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 1:24 pm Post subject: Re: Planted Tank Experts need your Input with regards to BBA
do regular water changes,donot have lots of fish,heavy planting that too fast growing stems helps absorb excess nutrients and waste,have lots of shrimps,
manually remove bba wherever it grows, have an eheim or any other canister filter,get an co2 pressurized system, and if u dont have mosses
buy one siamese algae eater it will eat all the bba,and also clean the filter once every month,
but it is always a war , there is no permanent solution, it can propogate in air itself,all u can do is restrict it
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Posted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:18 pm Post subject: Re: Planted Tank Experts need your Input with regards to BBA
waltee fihing very firstly give more details of you aqua fauna as mentioned by preeth
its not about doing something blindly or taking a kneejerk reaction all guys who have replied here are experienced guys passed thru such phase
so if we have more info some one can guide you
start from substrate because BBA is a big problem I have defeated it you can also do it
few images of my set up
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