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Old 03-11-2015, 10:18 PM   #1
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Hydrogen Peroxide for algae

I have been reading up on using hydrogen peroxide to battle algae. Anyone have experience using this. I have an outbreak of Dino and I started to dose hydrogen peroxide but from what I have read it won't work by just pouring it into the tank but more of a direct application. Thank you for the help.


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Old 03-11-2015, 10:39 PM   #2
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The first part of this battle is addressing the nitrates and phosphates in the tank.
When it comes to using hydrogen peroxide, you have to be careful. It can easily kill coral and other such things. Simply remove the rock from the tank and put it into old tank water and peroxide mix. I use an electric tooth brush as well.
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Im not sure at first i thought it was because i was getting a bit lazy on my water changes only doing 15% every 3 weeks or so. So i started doing 15% weekly. Then it seemed to get worse. Every change i would siphon out the Dino but it kept coming back. So that brings us to today. I ordered 2 media reactors so i can use carbon and GFO instead of having the bag of chemipro elite sitting on my return pump. All my tests so strong great water quality with only exception is phosphates at .25. Im using RO/DI water and i let my salt mix age for a week before using it. I dont really know what to do next.


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How much are you feeding and how often? .25 phosphates is really high. My reef tank tests at .05 and there is still algae on my rocks.
Dinos are a rough battle. You'll need to be doing large water changes with ro/di water while trying to bring those phosphates down, the GFO will help.
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Small 1/8"x1/4" cube of food once a day.


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Old 03-13-2015, 05:37 PM   #6
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Hydrogen Peroxide for algae

I tried dosing a while back (directly into my 60g reef cube) and the hair algae got a little bleached looking but did not totally die off. The bubble algae did not change. Some of my Zoas never looked better. Hammer, Monti caps, mushrooms, Lepto, candy canes, etc all seemed to not notice. A month or so after stopping, everything is back to normal (algae included). The big difference I did notice was far less pods in my filter sock on the first changes.

Moving stuff into a bucket is a better idea if you can get the rocks out.


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I read about spraying directly on the algae. Im not sure what to do


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You don't want to be spraying this stuff. It doesn't care what it comes into contact with, which is what you want to be in control of.
Just pull the rock out you want to remove algae from. Pull as much off as you can. Then submerge what area of the rock is infested in the water/peroxide mix. Let it sit for some time then scrub the area with a toothbrush.
It's a pretty simple process. I would do this with pieces of rock with coral attached to them, making sure that the mix didn't touch the coral in any way. An electric toothbrush was helpful for areas where I needed to get really close to coral tissue.
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Ok I will try that. Should I continue water changes, I also read that you shouldn't do any because you continue to feed the nutrients to the algae. I skipped last weeks. Or should I do larger changes.


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I really do appreciate everyone's help with this thanks again


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