In especially extreme cases you can combine hydrogen peroxide with Easy Carbo. However, there is a cause that many experts agree on…. Last night I decided to black out my tank because I saw somewhere else it said to do that I took out all my plants and put them in a quarantine tank but I guess I didn’t have to. The hydrogen peroxide is all gone by now if this even just yesterday, but if it did actually kill any algae then it is what may be causing water issues. They would also be using water from the same supply. The calculation you need to make is 300/50*8=48. You’ll likely first notice it on your substrate, rocks, driftwood or other aquarium decorations at the front of your tank, where there is plenty of light. Get yourself a spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide, when you do your water change in your tank, spray a medium amount of HP wherever the Black beard algae is. Remember this organism has had over 3.5 billion years to develop its resources. That post I shared on the nitrate phenomeon is on the barr report, where many planted tank owners share their experience. Wish I could say the product works because BGA is a real problem in my tank – it doesn’t. I’m very careful with what I feed them & I’ve always kept the tank clean but it was second hand. Certain plants like Riccardia sp. I’ll keep in mind that you removed as much as possible before the black out, next time someone asks about it. BGA can. I’m not sure that’s what caused the outbreak, but I’m not taking any chances going forward. The first is spot treatment with H2O2, if it’s slow growing and isolated to one or a couple of places, this should get rid of it. what do you think? I’ve used short black-outs in this way once or twice, knocking back huge mats to isolated spots that can be removed. I also agree that minor BGA growths wouldn’t bother many aquarists. I’ve been battling BGA for several months, it wasn’t spreading as quickly as others have described but on doing your ‘bloom’ test it definitely is BGA. I wanted to use Maracyn but it's illegal in the UK without a prescription from the vet so H202 is my next prefered method. Did Sandra ever reply with her technique for thorough manual removal. I know it can be disheartening, but you shouldn’t need to start from scratch. That slime remover works like magic. These might be worth trying since the Slime Remover is not working this second time? Anecdotally, there are plenty of other reports of using blue-green stain remover in shrimp heavy tanks, such as Amano, or Cherries. Anecdotally, I’ve handled the stuff in my tank and thoroughly washed my hands with soap afterwards. I think BGA came from tap water. I have been battling this for some time and just wondering if I should remove the plants that are covered such as my moss balls that are completely covered I also have duck weed and afraid that stuff is just going to make this a real long process. PS- I tried to add a bit of humor to this foulf smelling, slimy situation….and keep it PG. I have 5 Clown Loaches in this tank. This is the only written location I could find it but anecdotally, it has been repeated in the local fish keeping groups I have been to that low nitrates are a potential cause. It’s one of the reasons water changes are so important. Unlike bleach, H 2 0 2 will turn into harmless water and oxygen after 24 hours in contact with water. If I had to describe the odor, I would have to say that it smells similar to rotting plants – like a swamp. I hope it doesn’t come back. If you are not careful, you can kill off all the good bacteria in your biological filter and harm your fish and plants. If it doesn’t work for someone they can then spend money on something else, but if it does work you didn’t spend money and you don’t have any treatment chemicals in the tank. € 4.90 I like to use a paint brush that is “almost” dripping. But my point was it seems to be the algae eaters who suffer most from this. However, I can suggest two alternate treatments that I have seen work. Most aquarists would be better off doing sufficient water changes to bring down the nitrate level in the tank or adding plants that feed on nitrates and compete with BGA. Hydrogen peroxide. For example, a net that is only used in that specific tank. I also completely agree with the logic of it not being a product first approach, where you can give it a go and if it doesn’t work, then you can try something else. Is this too much? Algae doesn’t spread in the same manner. This has to be one of the best articles on the subject. It’s no secret that many types of blue-green algae are toxic.. And if you don’t treat it, it will soon take over your aquarium. Will they eat up this tablet, too? I wonder if this stuff comes in the treated tap water? It sounds like you have the situation under control, If you follow the directions I am sure everything will go smoothly. Didn’t do any damage to my plants or fish (had a air pump running) and didn’t even phase my shrimp. While manual removal may control blue-green algae, it doesn’t kill it. Just to add to the confusion, blue-green algae also goes by other less common names. Love this posting and all replies! And, it doesn’t take long for these small chunks to grow into large sheets of algae. I’ve never had black-out NOT do significant damage to cyanobacteria, and when black-out hasn’t been possible I’ve often found that just cutting back on light lets me rapidly gain the upper hand with manual removal. Thanks for sharing that interesting tidbit. I have a planted tank and noticed that plant growth slowed down about a month ago and now blue green algae has shown up (it really reeks). It will start to kill it almost immidiately and you will notice a difference within 24-48 hours. It’s also considerably more expensive than Hydrogen peroxide, so I would make that the starting point. Putting two and two together, I’m guessing the plants had drawn down almost all the nitrates, capping their growth and giving blue green algae an opportunity to thrive. Because if it’s dead and coming back, it’s possible that there is another issue at play. You managed to get it in both your tanks? Thank you for letting me know. I normally do at least a 30% water change every Saturday morning. I’ve been running my tank for 9 months with 3 Cory cats that actually bred to 9. In the case of blue-green algae: 8 to a maximum of 15 ml of the 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide per 50 liters of water. But before you get your hands wet, there is one thing you should know: This is my least favorite way of removing blue-green algae. In the case of green algae: 25 to a maximum of 35 ml of the 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide per 50 liters of water. You shouldn’t need to remove them from your tank. 9 hours of lighting is about average for a tank and I would be hesitant to suggest that this is the problem. I’ll be cheering on the Ultrlife for the next few days, and hoping it kicks the BGA in the keester! It’s actually a bacteria called cyanobacteria.. … Thanks so much for sharing this. Far be it to me to question your learned knowledge Ian but I’ve had a similar experience to Claire. Depending on the algae species, we recommend different dosages: 1. Make a dosage of 2 … Really bad. they are just basic little cleaning shrimp, so I think ghost shrimp, although they are red. After 2-3 days the blue-green just came off in sheets. It’s just probably ineffective. Such a treatment should always be considered the last resort, and it should only be applied when the standard methods have failed and you're about to just give up on your aquarium because you cannot get rid of the algae. Please make absolutely sure you do not exceed the percentage of H2O2-of 3% or you may have a hard time calculating the dosages correctly. This is the best article I have run across on cyanobacteria. At first I dipped various corals that I had a lot of clones of in 3% hydrogen peroxide solution, like you get from the pharmacy. I added a bunch more plants. The costs for the shipping method you have chosen are not included. Hi My story is very similar to Lesley and we are both in the UK. Others blame Ammonia, excess light, poor water circulation, and even dirty substrates and filters. Let’s look at this product, Blue-Green Slime Stain remover. Let me try to explain: It is true that BGA can exist when nitrate levels in water are zero (so your first claim is correct). Good to know about the nitrates I will test and add N if needed. Try to spread the solution as evenly as possible, ideally add it to areas with a good current to avoid local overdosing. I added 2 additional airstones and another powerhead pointed at the surface and dosed the tank last night. Is it capable of doing that? I used it for its 5 days then waited another 5 days as required. This treatment method seems to work best in my experience with Blue Green Algae. Today, Monday and it seems to have gone leaving a black residue that shrimp, otos, and mollies are eating. Best of all, it won’t harm your biological filter, fish or plants – a major problem with harsher chemical treatments like Erythromycin or Maracyn. They feel slimy to the touch and are thus sometimes called slime algae. And as a result, a lot of conflicting information exists as to what actually causes blue-green algae to appear in the first place. I’ve been fighting it for months…This stuff keeps coming back! P.s I had to laugh at your creative way of swearing, I’m going to steal that line! From my experience, fish are generally smart enough not to eat the stuff. And to avoid any confusion, I’m going to refer to it by what it looks like – in this case, blue-green algae. 2. I’m sorry to hear you didn’t find the same success that the majority of others experience. Happy to hear that your experience with this product is another success story! Otherwise, nitrates build up over time. Algae Guide - comprehensive information on all types of algae, surface scum, milky water and other fishtank problems. Is this as simple as putting an airstone in? Those issues, as well as the blue-green algae appearance, sound like a water quality problem. The black beard I scrape off the glass with a plastic spoon,and the BGA I try to remove manually but I’m loosing the battle. Simply perform a water change, add a dose and wait for the slime stain remover to work. I doubt it – not without lots of places where denitrifying, anaerobic bacteria could get established in a tank. When I first noticed it, I took out all the rocks and logs and rinsed them. It’s unlikely a water change alone would lead to the outbreak you are experiencing. Besides the 5 year old clown loaches, I have Rainbowfish, corys, a couple SAE and a few otos. Is this an issue with the Ultralife? Lesson learned. I’m a big fan of the weekly water change and do not believe it is too much. Started adding liquid carbon when the plants stopped growing and that made a big difference and all was well until the blue-green showed up, which I understand suggests low nitrates, so I have started dosing with nitrogen and potassium as well (was already using a comprehensive for trace elements). Blue-Green Algae or BGA (cyanobacteria) Technically this is not an algae but I doubt that will make you feel any happier. Since all of the fish (severums, angels, corrys, plecos, kuhli, synadontis) and plants were faring well and there were no negative signs, I decided to go for it because…. And best of all, these methods actually work. That's the only reason the word "cure" is in the title. At first, this product is disappointing. Thanks Robert. Your aquarium has a blue-green algae bloom! The main places the BGA set up camp have changed to a darker, dull green/brown instead of the bright green they were. You’ll get sick for sure. And as it does, it will cover your plants in a slimy film that is thick enough to block out light. I have a 55 gallon aquarium..with a marine lab filter made for a 100 gal tank….with one 12 year old flying fox and a variety of young barbs. I was adding a plant-gro supplement for a few weeks but have stopped. If this is the case, you may need to pre-treat your water or find an alternate source. So it’s not a chemical/antibiotic designed to kill BGA/cyanobacteria like, for example, Erythromycin. We recommend the use of protective gear (goggles, gloves). It spread everywhere all over my moss. 1)I have no experience with clown loaches but have I have personal experience using it with kuhli loaches and they had no issues at all. Hi there, thanks for the terrific article. Your email address will not be published. And as a result, a lot of conflicting information exists as to what actually causes blue-green algae to appear in the first place. What with the plants and lack of nitrates this seemed to excel the problem. Below you see spots of blue-green algae at the bottom of a bucket…. Ian, After this I will definitely not be using the same equipment for both tanks. My 3 Tanks are always cleaned regularly. I hope the green slime remover is the final nail in the coffin! This treatment may get rid of the algae but it will just reappear in time. Good luck on the blackout, I’ve never really had success with it, but I hope it works for you. I started using hydrogen peroxide as a dip, or for direct application to troublesome algae. Apply hydrogen peroxide to the algae. While its exact causes are not clear, it can be removed without too much difficulty using the methods listed in this guide. What should the water perimeters be to keep this BGA nightmare away?? So, if you see this, you can be certain you are dealing with blue-green algae. I have a suspicion that she only had a small amount of bluegreen algae and was able to keep on top of it before it spread too much. Is quarter inch. See that green glow around each of the dark clumps? Only ever read experiences in online forums. Frankly I couldn’t get it here fast enough…even though it only took 2 days to arrive. The next one is erythromycin. You want it gone, and you want it gone now! Blacking out your aquarium will have mixed results. Introduce it to your tank at 3ml per 10 gallons of water. Did the peroxide help? The tanks affected have ranged from 20 gallons to 110. I had nothing then suddenly I had this together with black beard algae. Really love this discussion. There are no active ingredients listed on the label. Now, I don’t need to tell you that plants need light for energy. Any small piece left behind will grow again. This is the hydrogen peroxide I used but any 12% rated hydrogen peroxide should work fine for you. And, feeding your fish less will have no impact. I then spent a month treating the tank for various bacteria & virus meds just incase. Sometimes the cyanobacteria re-establishes later, which may be a problem, but I suspect that this is because I didn’t black-out tanks for long enough. Adding nutrients in an incorrect amount to tanks is a real balancing act that can quickly lead to algae. Our city water supply has become contaminated with Cyanotoxins. Ultralife has always worked for me and members of the local fish club, I am sure it will work for you too! That you say your tetras died too leaves me to think it was an issue separate to the blue-green algae, as these are not algae eaters and wouldn’t have died from eating it. Its depressing. It is time to clean one of them. In this article you claim that BGA thrives in low nitrate environments and you can get rid of BGA by increasing nitrate levels in your tank. If your aquarium is infested with stubborn green algae, for example, or blue-green algae, we highly recommend treating the entire tank with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Hydrogen peroxide vs algae It is used to destroy blue-green algae, when it is necessary to urgently and ruthlessly suppress their outbreak, green single-celled (euglenic), causing water blooms, as well as in the fight against Vietnamese and black beard. No ammonia spike or significant changes in water parameters to make sure you do have. 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