How do you get rid of black beard algae?

Broggy
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How do you get rid of black beard algae?
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StarGirl
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That looks like Staghorn not BBA.
 
fishnovice33
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Yep staghorn. Though they usually come hand in hand and both are caused by co2 issues and flow issues coupled with waste - organic or ammonia. Unfortunately, not a lot of information to go on here. I’ve only had it one as a result of high levels of organic waste.
 
Sez
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Turn the filter off first and Treat with liquid carbon and searchem excel through a pipette ;)
 
StarGirl
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Sez said:
Turn the filter off first and Treat with liquid carbon and searchem excel through a pipette ;)
Only use the amount it says for your tank though. You will have to do small sections a day. ;)
 
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Broggy
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oh! thank you. do you dose the whole the tank, or put it directly on the algae?
 
StarGirl
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Broggy said:
oh! thank you. do you dose the whole the tank, or put it directly on the algae?
Turn the filter off and use a syringe or pippet directly on the algae and let it stew for a bit then turn the filter back on. Dont forget to turn it back on like I do....lol........... Only use the dosage it says a day.
 
JettsPapa
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Sez said:
Turn the filter off first and Treat with liquid carbon and searchem excel through a pipette ;)
StarGirl said:
Turn the filter off and use a syringe or pippet directly on the algae and let it stew for a bit then turn the filter back on. Dont forget to turn it back on like I do....lol........... Only use the dosage it says a day.
May I ask why the two of you are recommending turning the filter off before dosing? I'm not disagreeing, just curious. Maybe because filters often have carbon, which will absorb the chemical?
 
StarGirl
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JettsPapa said:
May I ask why the two of you are recommending turning the filter off before dosing? I'm not disagreeing, just curious. Maybe because filters often have carbon, which will absorb the chemical?
More of a concentration in one area. Like a spot dose.
 
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Broggy
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GlennO
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Broggy said:
should I take the sponge filter out?
No need. Just turn it off for 10 min to minimise water movement while you spot dose.
 

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