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    Default Anyone have experiences of BBA?


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    I noticed today that i have a type of black fur growing on my plants.
    Also known as Black Beard Algae.

    I have had this for a while but i thought it was "normal" for some odd reason . is there any way i can kill this algea as i can see it really affecting my plants and not letting them grow at all, i can see new growth without it but in the end it must get affected by it.

    Ive researched it and im going to cut out any dosing of nutrients and only put my lights on for maybe 4 hours a day.

    Is my 212w t5 bulbs to much excess for my 100 gal and causing this?
    I know scrubbing manually will help but the amount of plants and bogwood i have in the tank i dont think it would be possible.

    Thank you in advance.
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    High phosphates and high nitrates do it for me. I generally get in there with my scissors and cut away all I can find and in severe cases (try to not let it get that) I dose regular doses of Excel for a week or so.

    Maybe you need to do larger water changes to make sure phosphates and nitrates are kept lower?

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    I am in currently at war with BBA and winning.

    If you do have BBA, scrubbing will make it worse. When you mess with BBA it releases spores.

    Leaving the light on for 4 hours will make it worse because your plants will stop using up the nutrients in the water column and the BBA will have full control of it all.

    Also many times the cause of BBA is over feeding + other things such as imbalance of CO2 or anything, lighting and or ferts etc.

    What you need to do is check your feeding. Keep your light on no more than 8 to 9 hours a day. Cut off as much of the effected leaves as possible and just be patient. It will go away eventually. Keep up with your weekly water changes and you should be good to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gogi
    I am in currently at war with BBA and winning.

    That's the spirit!

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    Fertilizing also depends on the plants in the tank. Large, fast growers need more nutrients than a tank sparsly planted with slow growing plants. You might try half doses of ferts, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gogi
    It will go away eventually.
    Will you come over to my place and tell my BBA that. They dont seem to have gotten the message.

    I've had BBA ever since I've set up a tank, and I've tried everything.. I hate that stuff.

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    I tried all sorts in my 80G and couldn't get rid of it at all.

    I had CO2 with 250w of light.

    In the end I got 3 SAE's and they ate the lot. Not only that but they are teriffic little fish.


    Just a point to note though, I also had BBA in my 8G tank and it went away itself!
    Used to try and keep track of my fish here.....

    Ran out of room and time!!!

    Instead I'll tell you the best piece of fishkeeping equipment ever....... Algae Scrubber :)

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    I cant get Excel here in the UK LH (i think)
    It could be the water changes, im am pretty laid back with the water changes doing 50-70% each month.

    This will change though.

    I dont inject co2 and i currently just dose the tank with Sera flore day drops but i had the fur before i dosed with any type of nutrients so could it be the lights?

    my light goes on around 10 hours which ill lower to 8 and ill up my water changes and lower the feeding but i dont think that will help much and i cannot prune the plant as the plants are affected in whole the stems and leaves :(
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    Was about to say the same thing a chris, time to get a SAE :)
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    last time i had a loach though (the golden ones) it was bad experiences.
    I really dont like loaches they like slime coats too much.
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