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Old 08-21-2012, 06:56 PM   #11
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Chem tech, how low it too low on nitrates?
It's not an exact number, and probably varies by tank. I would say <10 is 'at risk', and <5 is just asking for trouble. Whenever I got BGA from nitrates, I actually bottomed out (ie 0 ppm), and even once I started dosing correctly again, the BGA didn't go away until I used antibiotics.
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Old 08-22-2012, 03:05 AM   #12
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Try rooibos tea. I hear it works surprisingly well. Don't know a whole lot about it myself but just a tip.
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easiest way for me was hydrogen peroxide, super cheap and usually does it in a few days. Just use a syringe to apply the peroxide directly to the BGA blue-green algae. Turn off your filters prior then wait 10-15 minutes then turn them back on. Then repeat each day. Do not use more then 3ml of peroxide per gallon of water. Peroxide dissipates in a few hours so I was able to spot treat every 3-4 hours. For my last dose I just treated the whole tank with 2.5ml per gallon and it has yet to come back.

Maracyn is very expensive in my opinion especially those with larger tanks.

Also if you have snails that you want to keep remove them prior as well as this can kill them. Fish and plants are unaffected if you stay below 3ml/gal

All your doing is oxygenation the areas affected as BGA hates oxygen from what I understand.
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I agree with the advise to test your water frequently and watch for an ammonia spike after you finish treating the tank. Maracyn worked well for me but I did have a ammonia spike following treatment due to the dead cyano.
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I agree with the advise to test your water frequently and watch for an ammonia spike after you finish treating the tank. Maracyn worked well for me but I did have a ammonia spike following treatment due to the dead cyano.
Alright thanks, I have been testing the water daily and the ammonia has not spikes yet. I'll continue testing at a daily level until the treatment is over
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Update all the GBA has died with out an ammonia spike.
Thanks again everyone!
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