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Old 01-03-2015, 09:39 PM   #11
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I was suggesting to the poster based on my situation, and backing up why I suggested that. I'm glad you have used excel and gotten rid of the black beard algae, however I have had never ending battles with black beard, and Siamese algae eaters really help. I was also going to suggest doing a small bleach dip if the op could pull the plants out easy enough and explain how to properly do that.

I'm not going to give advice on things I haven't tried. Thanks though man


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Hey, Im sorry about my post above. I just read it and it sounded pretty bad! BBA is caused by Co2 misbalance and excel can go a long way.
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So you're saying excel will get rid of black beard algae? I honestly have not been dosing that much over the past few months, just here and there. I have it sitting in the cabinet. I better jump on it!


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I have flourish, not flourish excel


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I have flourish, not flourish excel


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Flourish Excel will work, however, Flourish Comprehensive will not. You can use API CO2 Booster or generic hydrogen peroxide. Spot treatment to the affected areas with a plastic syringe (pediatric oral syringe from the grocery store...under a buck). BBA should turn pink to red to white over a few days as it dies.
Mind you, these are quick fixes to the symptoms. Not exactly sure what causes BBA but proper lighting (intervals) and quality water management should prevent it from reoccurring.


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