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    Dang it. Had two nice swords about 14" high and noticed just a bit of BBA starting on the tips of a couple leaves. Should have just trimmed it off but I decided to do a bleach dip. All leaves on both plants are totally transparent this morning. 5 months to grow and 2 minutes to kill!

    Nice work Hobbs.

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    Bummer, that's a lot of time and effort lost.

    For the next time you (or anyone else) want to treat BBA, try using Flourish Excel. I've use it several times to treat algae (black, brown and green) and it's great for spot treating plants and decorations.

    I shut down all the filtration/water movement and using a pipette from test kits, squirt the concentrated Excel directly onto the affected areas. Leave all the water movement off for 5-10 minutes and then restart. In a few days, your alges should disapear.

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    Yup. I have Excel right here, too, as well as peroxide. *sigh

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    Oh man. thats tough LH. I know how you feel though.. I lost practically all of my giant hygro to a bleach dip.
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    So sorry Hobbs! I get attached to plants too.

    I finally transplanted a Boston Fern we've had for some 20 years...and I don't think it's going to make it...kinda bummed about that...
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    Hobbs I can attest that the peroxide method seems to work.. it takes a bit of diligence, but simply turning off your filters, and using a syringe (no needle obviously..) or whatever just spray it on the affected plant... after a few minutes resume filtration.. wait 24hrs, repeats and I find that (if the plants not anchored well this could go badly..) putting my syphon tube over the plant after a few peroxide applications, you will start to see the algae come right off and go right out the syphon tube, obviously you will not need to worry about the little spores BBA puts out as they go out the syphon as well.

    This has worked for me, just a suggestion.

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    A high dose of excel works well, either in a bucket. Or turn off the filters, and use a syringe to spot treat the bba with the excel.

    How long did you leave them in there for the bleach dip? I've done it before w/o anything bad happening. Just have to limit how long you leave them in there.

    just realized other people already said the same thing.
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    Excuse my ignorance but what is BBA?

    I have algae growing on my plants and I also have Flourish and I am having such a pain controlling algae. Is it Flourish (carbon) or is it another Flourish?

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    Black beard algae. I now use Excel to kill it.

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