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Old 02-03-2007, 03:11 PM   #1
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Another question set: Bleaching plants to remove algae




See that anubias at the bottom there? The one covered in black poo?


I have several plants like that in my tank. I have read about using a diluted bleach solution to remove stubborn algae.

1.) How do I do this?

2.) Are anubias good candidates for this?

3.) Are java ferns a good candidate for this?

4.) Ludwigia?

These are the plants in my tank that are primarily affected. I believe I have the source of the problem almost under control, but I want to abolish the baddies.

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Old 02-03-2007, 04:41 PM   #2
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I have never tried it because it seems so hit-n-miss. I'm sure you have also read some of the posts here that tell of plants falling apart after the chlorine treatment. I guess there is really only one way to find out.
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Anubias and Java fern are very sturdy plants and stand up well to the bleach treatment. 1 part bleach to 15 water. Don't dip the roots. Leave for 5 minutes then rinse very well. This should eradicate the BBA.
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The concentration for the solution, as provided by Dorothy reimer of AGA, was 1part bleach to 20 parts water. One to 2 minutes of soaking. As Brian said, Anubias and java ferns take it well, other plants don't like it at all (hornwort). I have done it with mixed results. Ludwiga is sensitive to it. I haven't killed any Anubias yet.
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I am going to do the 1:20 solution. Would you guys like photo documentary?
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Well, I did it and took pictures, but there really wasn't much to show. The bleach didn't help much and I ended up just taking most of the affected leaves off the plants.

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