VaFishAddictz
Welcome to VAFA! Where we talk and share our fish keeping secrets. So come and join us into discussing the future of the hobby.

Black brush algae

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Black brush algae

Post  AngelAddict on Tue Jun 24, 2014 1:48 pm

Ok, I know the subject has been brought up before. I currently have an outbreak of black brush algae and its actually choking out my plants. Besides buying a Siamese algae eater, I've read that if i get a C02 injector it will slowly push it away and my plants will start to come back. I'm getting one regardless of weather it works or not but does anyone have any experience of this working?

AngelAddict

Posts : 163
Join date : 2012-12-29
Age : 32
Location : Chester

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Black brush algae

Post  tercel94 on Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:41 am

I have the same problem of black algae on my 10 gal. I have a presurize Co2 system but I still have the problem. I did raise the bpm of the Co2 but my fish start acting weird and looking for oxigen on the surface so I put it back to were it was.
In my case I think is to much light. Im using a 13 W CFL 6500K but it is really close to the water, so I have to work on that.
The other think that Im trying right know is Hydrogen Peroxide, it kills the black algae turning it like a red color the only problem is that the algae still there you have to remove it or find a fish that will eat it. You could do a google search on hydrogen peroxide for black algae and find more info on this and see if it will work for you. IME it have not hurt the fish, they still looking good and eating good.

tercel94

Posts : 74
Join date : 2013-08-21
Age : 30
Location : West End

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Black brush algae

Post  AngelAddict on Fri Jun 27, 2014 9:09 am

thanks i did some research on the peroxide. looks like a huge like mass algae killer. might have to try it. Just have to do a bunch of water changes and all kinds of monitoring. Going to try the C02 first though because i do not know how my discus will take all that stress. then going to do sea chem excel. saw that high dosages of that will help too just have to monitor levels in the tank closely. If neither of those work I'm deffenatly going to try the H2O2 just as a last resort.

AngelAddict

Posts : 163
Join date : 2012-12-29
Age : 32
Location : Chester

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Black brush algae

Post  AngelAddict on Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:24 am

Well I've been doing massive water changes to reduce the excess nutrients. I have tons of frogs bite at the top to try and absorb some of that too. all the drift wood and rocks have been taken out and have been soaking in a solution of peroxide and HOT water and i change that every day. The c02 injector is going but not on full blast till i get my drop checker in. Cross your fingers.

AngelAddict

Posts : 163
Join date : 2012-12-29
Age : 32
Location : Chester

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Black brush algae

Post  tercel94 on Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:41 pm

Thanks for the update!! Keep them coming

tercel94

Posts : 74
Join date : 2013-08-21
Age : 30
Location : West End

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Black brush algae

Post  AngelAddict on Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:55 am

well another update. (pictures to come soon) the after almost 2 weeks of running the co2 and 4 40-50% water changes a long with 2 filter clean outs the algae is looking a lot better. the c02 is pushing it out, and I just keep cleaning up the dead stuff. I now am able to grow plans again and its looking good. still have some bits here and there but its looking a lot better. I'm going to have to try this on my smaller tank now too. I also have a new 55 gallon tank coming in today so soon i will be switching over to get rid of the rest of the little stragglers. Think i might reseal the spare one scrape it and bleach it and do a salt water tank one day Very Happy. I digress. ill post some pics soon of how the tank looks now. thanks for the help guys.

AngelAddict

Posts : 163
Join date : 2012-12-29
Age : 32
Location : Chester

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Black brush algae

Post  AngelAddict on Fri Aug 01, 2014 10:32 am

well the good news is that the tank is now Black Brush Algae free Very Happy ill get some pictures up soon. i now have plants growing like weeds in the tank and the fish seem a lot happier

AngelAddict

Posts : 163
Join date : 2012-12-29
Age : 32
Location : Chester

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Black brush algae

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum