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need help with brush algae

Discussion in 'Aquarium Equipment & Decor' started by stevenrox, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. stevenrox

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    how to get rid of "brush alge"? will a uv strilizer work?
     
  2. Anthony

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    UV Sterilizers will only kill free floating algae. If you have an algae problem I'd question the lighting you're using, the length of light you're providing and/or any indirect light entering the tank via windows/doors.
     
  3. Anonymous

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    algAe is tough to get rid of once you have it!
     
  4. Anonymous

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    BBA is usually caused by excess phosphates-if I am not mistaking. Outside of getting an SAE-which I don't recommend getting fish for such things-you have a few options to get rid of it. Manually remove whatever the algae is growing on and scrub it off or squirt it DIRECTLY with Flourish Excel or peroxide. I would suggest taking care of it right away as it will spread and take over the entire tank.
     
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    Flourish Excel works wonders on it.
     
  6. stevenrox

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    i heard bristle nose pleco would work
     
  7. Anonymous

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    BN's won't eat BBA the only thing that I know of that will are SAE's and once again I would like to reiterate that buying a fish to take care of a problem is not something that I would suggest.
     
  8. Anthony

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    Flagfish will eat it.
     
  9. LemonDiscus

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    I got some of that crap in my tank!!! It is a pain.

    I have been brushing it off of things and before I know it, its back! I did not know the Flourish and Peroxide will kill it. I was going to re-treat my driftwood this weekend by baking it off after scrubbing.

    Maybe that will save me time.

    I am preparing for a monster cleaning/upgrade this weekend! I will post more on this thread which is my issue with the algae in a bit.
     
  10. LemonDiscus

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    This works, peroxide, is it safe?!? can it be used on the plants too???
     
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    Oh, to add, I was going to use it as a "dip" for my plants and spray it on my driftwood.

    Would this work for the peroxide?
     
  12. Anonymous

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    Yep it sure would. Just make sure you don't dip the roots.
     
  13. stevenrox

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    what if its on the roots?
     
  14. Anonymous

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    Then I would manually remove it. I don't think it is ever a good idea to dip the roots when treating plants.
     
  15. stevenrox

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    how do you manullay remove it?
     
  16. Anonymous

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    Pick it off with your fingers.
     
  17. stevenrox

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    lol so painful
     
  18. LemonDiscus

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    Sounds like part of my plan for the weekend! :roll:

    Yeah I did some reading and some people have gotten away with the roots getting it..... but again its a gamble! I dont know if I will risk it.

    I do have 2 Anubias plants that will get thrown out as they are covered in beard algae..... they are getting hit and if I loose them, well.... nothing lost! :confused:
     
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    what do u all use to scrap it off with? off the tank walls that is?
     
  20. Guidoman888

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    I use a Mag-Float it's super usefull :)