Thread: Arrrggg...blackbeard algae
01-04-2010, 03:53 PM #1
I hate it...I've got it starting. Obviously I've not been dosing enough Excel in my tanks (been doing 2.5mL in the 29g and 5mL in the 55g almost daily) so I'm going to have to increase that. Also just added DIY CO2 to both tanks last night. Only running one bottle on each, maybe I'll increase the 55g to two bottles. I knew I was cranking too much light with not enough CO2, now I'm kicking myself for it.
Any more tips on getting rid of the wretched stuff? It's just barely starting on my swords.Originally Posted by i_am_511
01-04-2010, 03:54 PM #2
01-04-2010, 03:57 PM #3
Aside frome nuclear warfare DIY co2 is about the best method.
I am fighting a battle with it as well.Ray Your Freindly Neighborhood,Fully Mod-ified, Self-appointed Pic Hound!! Need pics!!!
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01-04-2010, 03:59 PM #4Banned Bull shark
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I got that a while ago. I had it all over my drift wood. Never had it before. I got a craft knife and scrapped it all of. Not seen it since.
01-04-2010, 04:09 PM #5
SAE really put a dent in it as do Amano Shrimps. If its isolated try to spot treat with excel150G SA Cichlids|100G Planted Community|50G Reef|20G Tanganyikan|10G Divided Bettas|10G Nano Fish
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01-04-2010, 04:23 PM #6
Keep the co2 as steady and as close to 30ppm as you can get it., Once thats all sqaured away start spot treating with hydrogen peroxide and a syringe. These two methods in conjunction havent failed for me yet
01-04-2010, 04:38 PM #7Originally Posted by rich311k
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I go to war with it tonight!Originally Posted by i_am_511
01-04-2010, 04:45 PM #8
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Have the same battle myself
I have it on several swords and all over my driftwood. I'll pick up some Excel ASAP.
I also have a question about this. What would be considered "too much" light? I currently have about 2.8 wpg in my hex, but will be changing over to a 46g with about 3.4 wpg. Does the Kelvin temp of the light make a difference?
I have double 10k/6700 bulbs now, but the 46 will have 4 39w bulbs at 6700 degrees Kelvin. Will that help or hurt me? I had to stop running CO2 because of the pH swings it caused.Dragoon Woman
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01-04-2010, 04:48 PM #9Member Oscar
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Using a syringe to squirt a 50/50 mix of excel/water directly on the algae helped me. I then also upped the CO2 and its never come back. I just have a problem with the regular hair algae now.