Killing Black Beard Algae

Mooo
Mooo Moderator Posts: 7,653
edited October 2011 in Planted Tanks
Hello all
I recently got fed up with spending so much money on Seachem Excel to rid my plants of BBA, So the other day I pulled out a log covered in Anubias & that was covered in BBA, I made up a solution of diluted bleach to dip it in..what ratio? you ask, well I dunno, I tossed in about a cap full into a bucket with aprox 5L in it, did a few dips, didn't rinse it off, only cos I forgot <!-- s:? --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_confused.gif" alt=":?" title="Confused" /><!-- s:? --> stuck it right back into the tank & 2 days later it looks like this..
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  • Doug
    Doug Member, Classifieds Posts: 2,371
    nice one mooo!!!

    I use a ratio of 1 part bleach to 7 parts water and do a single dip of 5 seconds and it works a treat, i see exactly the same results <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->
  • Mooo
    Mooo Moderator Posts: 7,653
    Thanks Doug, I did read it in here somewhere I think, you may have even posted it, Very happy with the results.. <!-- s:thumbleft: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_thumleft.gif" alt=":thumbleft:" title="thumbleft" /><!-- s:thumbleft: -->
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  • Neptune
    Neptune Member Posts: 356
    Mooo

    Depending on how big your tank was also what caused the BBA

    Mine was caused by the stupid lights that came with the Jebo 75cm tank.

    As a temporary measure I now have a twin 45cm twin light one plant and the other a daylight tube.

    I use 3ml of Excel to 100lt, 4 times a week and on the remaining 3 days I add 4ml and that is with a 30% water change.

    It is slowly disappearing, the Crypts, Java's and the Anubia are all growing, I have even flowered the Anubia nana petite for the first time.

    The long term will be alter the Jebo light unit with quality plant and daylight T8 tubes I dont think I can alter it to fit T5 lights there is not enough space to use a converting adapter. (Son electrical contractor its his job not mine)

    Water changes twice a week using 4ml Excel and the other days 3ml Excel

    Neptune
  • Mooo
    Mooo Moderator Posts: 7,653
    Keith. I have had BBA in low light and high light. the fluctuating Co2 is supposedly what gives us BBA. I really don't know, but I know how to kill it cheaper now...
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  • 321clayt
    321clayt Member Posts: 766
    I love it going to hit on the weekend as well.

    Keith I have also had bba in high and low light tanks just one of those things i guess <!-- s:laugh2: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/lol-1.gif" alt=":laugh2:" title="laugh2" /><!-- s:laugh2: --> <!-- s:laugh2: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/lol-1.gif" alt=":laugh2:" title="laugh2" /><!-- s:laugh2: -->
  • tin
    tin Moderator Posts: 529
    I got rid of it the bleach way on my tank too. Easy enough on plants that are stuck to rocks/sticks, which fortunately was where it all was for me.
  • Betta-Lover
    Betta-Lover Member Posts: 461
    Thanks Guys, for this post.

    I too am sick of the black beard algae, I might try the bleach dip and then step up the water changes for awhile.

    many thanks.
  • Neptune
    Neptune Member Posts: 356
    My BBA is 99% gone.

    I replaced the Jebo lights with a twin Aqu1 50cm unit, still on 12 hrs a day.

    I do a 3 30% water changes a week.

    I still use the Seachem Liquid ferts

    Now its practically gone I purchased 6 Otto's for general algae from LF and 1 young SAE from the LFS to finish of the LFS and then keep it under control.

    As soon as the SAE get lazy I will put him into the 5ft tank and buy another young SAE

    Neptune
  • zarramarie
    zarramarie Member Posts: 233
    I have black beard in my tank, it was fine until my bristlenose died, but recently purchased somemore. Will dipping the plants in bleach hurt the plants, the water or the fish? do you put the plant straight back in? let it dry? wash it off? Sorry kinda new to all this.
    Zarra
  • Mooo
    Mooo Moderator Posts: 7,653
    Hi & welcome
    We all get BBA at some point in our tanks..it can look unsightly, why we get it, is usually a mystery if your not a professor of science lol,
    I fight it constantly n my big tank, but I have barely any in other tanks with differing lighting and plants.
    When mine becomes too much for my pride to bare, I take it out, fill some water to cover said plant in a bucket or tub,, add a lid or two of bleach, dip it, rinse it under running water & put it back in tank..easy as...

    Another tried and true method is using a liquid carbon, co2 liquid, Syringe up a few mls & squirt directly onto plants or wood or rocks affected, Might need a few doses to get it all over a few days, turn off filters or current makers for a few minutes while administering.,
    DON'T FORGET TO TURN THEM BACK ON AGAIN!!
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  • zarramarie
    zarramarie Member Posts: 233
    ok thanks mooo ill buy some bleach and give it ago!! does it just fall off after that?
  • Mooo
    Mooo Moderator Posts: 7,653
    It kinda just get less n less, till its gone, you may have to do it a few times for any stubborn bits...
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  • ryohll
    ryohll Member Posts: 32
    I've started to get some on some of my anubias. Althought just a small patch of BBA, Is it just any kind of bleach you use? brand ? I'm alittle cautious because i have the cherry shrimps in there as well which I assume might be sensitive to water contamination. I have to try a dipping method of some sort I've read seachem prime dips as well.

    I LOVE the aquarium hobby now!
  • Mooo
    Mooo Moderator Posts: 7,653
    For a small bit on anubia, you could squirt it directly with Excel, as this plant won't melt like some of the Java ferns & the more delicate plants..
    Alternatively..
    I use coles brand normal bleach for the ones sensitive to Excel, ie normal everyday bleach..not lemon or one with any other silly additives....cost under $2 for 2 litre. cost effective I'd say lol
    I have shrimp in my tanks too, never killed any doing the BBA bleach dip..if you rinse whatever it is your dipping properly and then dip in a clean water with prime, your shrimp will be fine..
    Which ever method you use, depending on the type of plant..you get the same results..
    In saying all that...The underlying cause should be investigated ...or it becomes a never ending cycle of BBA wars..
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  • ryohll
    ryohll Member Posts: 32
    I copied yous and used the bleach dip then prime it worked wonders thanks, its only a very minor infestations of the algae not more than a 5 cent piece on my anubia to be honest on some of the leaves there was some string algae which i just simply pulled off.

    The BBA already discolored and turned white. I really like Anubias they are tough but because they grow so slow they are prone to algae. Not sure what the underlying problem is I never have nitrate problems and the tank itself is pretty algae free and stable i never have to scrub the glass or anything.
    I bought myself a Flourish Excel over the weekend, i read a steady dosage of it helps control algae and benefit the plants.
  • Mooo
    Mooo Moderator Posts: 7,653
    Awesome, you should be on the right track now then..good luck in the algae war.. <!-- s:thumbright: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_thumright.gif" alt=":thumbright:" title="thumbright" /><!-- s:thumbright: -->
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