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Old 03-27-2013, 01:29 AM   #1 
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got blue green algae in my non-soil planted tank

i got blue green algae in my non-soil 55 gal planted tank. the bottom is black sand. some plants are planted and some are tied to driftwood or rocks.

i was wondering if i could get some real life suggestions on how to deal with this problem. i have done alot of research and everyone disagrees with each other on how to deal with it.

there is alot of bioload because i use it as a growout tank.

i wanted to try peroxide as spot treatment but my sand is black so its really hard to see. if i dont get the sand patches i think it pretty much rules out using peroxide.

i been experimenting with light. seems like more light speeds up the growth of the blue green algae but too little light will be bad for my plants.
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:31 AM   #2 
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If its the type I had, I changed my lights to come on for 3 hrs then off for 3 then back on for 7 & added nerite snails. I had the problem bad in 2 10g tanks. They are both crystal clear now.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:41 PM   #3 
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Some people suggest bumping up the flow so there are no "dead spots" in the tank.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:47 PM   #4 
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Google "One Two Punch Algae". Totally took care of my tank, and no scary chemicals. Good ol' hydrogen peroxide.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:59 PM   #5 
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H2O2 can be scary XD I took my betta out for the treatment. :P it melted my HM carpet >.>
it's a ymmv for that treatment :D

Honestly if it's just BGA, I'd get a small airline siphon and siphon the area and introduce more flow
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Oh I forgot to say to take out fish/snails/shrimps! Terrible. My pond snails and copeopods did fine, but why risk it? Plan on keeping them out for a good hour or so.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:16 PM   #7 
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I had a scud shoot out from the substrate like it was on fire or something, except it was on "bubbles" instead lol. I think it died >.>
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:43 AM   #8 
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thanks for all the replies. i think i will up the flow in my tank but the problem is that its a 55 gal and it is a grow out tank. im thinking about buying a hydor powerhead.

http://www.hydor.com/prodotti/show/famprod/47/list/14

i think i will get the 240 even though it is for a smaller tank. im hoping it will be enough to not blow half inch fry all over the place but provide enough circulation to stop the BGA. i also have 2 airstones going and 2 foam filters.

if anyone has experience with these nanos and can tell me if the 425 would be better then let me know pls.

my tank was infested so i ended up doing a 3 day treatment of maracyn and 5 days of black out. it looks like it got all of it but i could be wrong. i hope the powerhead will help so that it doesnt come back.
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:22 AM   #9 
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just finished reading the one two punch. I will definately try that if my bga comes back. tyvm.
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:18 PM   #10 
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so far since i cleaned the tank and removed a big drift wood in the middle of the tank, i dont see any BGA growing back. knock on wood. the plants are so much healthier looking for some reason. really green and perky. i have not bought the circulation pump yet but someone with experience with the hydor 240 told me it should be enough. ill update later when i get the hydor.
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