After that, we did two a week for the next month. I still did some research to make sure that I had correctly identified it, and started looking for ways to rid ourselves of this eyesore. Hydrogen Peroxide will kill algae. Aquarium Background Ideas – Vinyl or Paint? Removal of Black Beard algae with hydrogen peroxyde - YouTube Russell Whitmyer on Aug 17, 2020 Leave a Comment. Follow this link and you'll get the full description of the method. Treat the Tank With H 2 O 2 Although it does stop staghorn algae fairly well. I would like to use my co2 again but I’m dead scare BBA will come back again. I left my canister filter on the whole time. Boil it away with a heat treatment. I have been struggling with this nightmare for almost 2 years now. Daily, double-dosing of Excel doesn't keep BBA at bay. The next standard water change? I have a cheap Koralia clone that with 1,320GPH flow, turned out to be too much for any of my tanks; but I keep it around because it's ideal for this treatment. We mix it in a small medicine cup and use a syringe to apply it to the algae. This is my 2 cents! It's a ratio of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 150 parts water. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. My 3 zebra loaches were fine right after I did it. It has spread unbelievably fast after a couple of weeks. I started a new set up using pond dirt a substrate, fertilizers under the substrate so the plants feed through the roots. We do weekly water changes, and with a heavily planted tank, it is important to vacuum all the tight areas. It spread too fast. The H2O2 is added. I turn off filtration and let the water settle. Recently I see the use of AlgaeFix being more freely discussed, now that certain people have finally softened their views on it, and mentioning it no longer results in guaranteed chastisement. Thanks for the comment Wendy, it’s good to know we’re not the only one to make that mistake. When we were finally ready to take the wood out, it had all kinds funky stuff clinging to it. Dec 18, 2019 . Which took a while, during which time I probably would have given up in frustration if I hadn't found a way to periodically eliminate it, without ripping out half my plants after each failed tank parameter adjustment. Bombing a tank with large amounts of H2O2 and Seachem Flourish Excel is dangerous to the animals. You can read about it in the  article I wrote right after the treatment. Try not to let it drip in to areas of the rock that don’t need peroxide. BBA isn't affected much by light intensity as I have it growing at all levels from the substrate to the surface. I've tried everything in the book to get ride of BBA from my tank but nothing works. Reduce phosphate (PO4) in the water. Algae is something that is easy to forget but your frag plugs are likely the number one source of introducing rare and very pesky algae species into your tank. Adding once a day for 3 days and monitoring the black algae until it dies off. I have some anacharis, which is particularly sensitive to Excel, but which I've gradually acclimated to a normal dose; it too is unharmed by this treatment. You can add algae eaters to the tank. To answer your questions: 1. I don't think you have too many plants seems like they have room to swim. I admire his work and dedication to the hobby. 1. I'd like to see someone try it on a tank with a few expendable cherries. https://infolific.com/pets/freshwater-aquariums/hydrogen-peroxide-bba The shrimp are swimming around happily and several of them are pregnant, so it shouldn’t be long before we have another population explosion of RCS. And with flow restored, the H2O2 is at last starting to have some effect on the algae. Hydrogen Peroxide eventually breaks down into just water so no need to worry about it harming your fish or plants. Background: 65g, I would say a medium plant density (mostly swords and Brazilian pennywort) Finnex planted+ 24/7, Fluval 306 canister filter and a small circulation fan. Getting Rid of Black Beard Algae (BBA) on Driftwood. This method is often used for fungi treatment on new seeds right before their germination. Best for Algae - Hydrogen Peroxide. To strike a proper balance, it requires the correct levels of lighting, ferts, and CO2. Repeat steps 2-3 for 3 more plugs of Zoas. For anyone who wishes to try this, I am changing my initial recommendation for H2O2 to 2 tbsp. You can dip other more hardy plants like anubias or java fern. This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission. I did at one point dose with Seachem’s line of fertilizers which can be very expensive compared to buying dry nutrients in bulk, and after a period of time did not see much of a change. WARNING! BBA primarily grows on my driftwood, but it also shows up on the top of the leaves of vallisneria and on slow-growing plants. If you have extra powerheads, add them. So, I’m going to try dosing with Excel first and reducing my lights to 8 hours from 10. Make sure to submerge the plants in the solution for no more than 5 minutes! So instead, high flow is required to carry it around the tank, to contact the algae and have some positive effect. Every week when I do a water change and the water level is low I spray everything. While in all cases no adverse effects were observed, I cannot guarantee it to be 100% safe. In the case of green algae: 25 to a maximum of 35 ml of the 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide per 50 … We have learned a lot since then. Just please, make sure that you pay careful attention to how much H2O2 you are using because it can be harmful or fatal to the animals. Thank you for the feedback, Dale. Then I use a syringe to squirt Excel onto the BBA under the water. I squirt it very, very slowly. The only success I've had is with hydrogen peroxide particularly when I use it for spot treatments. Java moss was unaffected. How big is your tank and did you have any fish in it? Not any that I bought. Enjoy your algae-free tank. Since flow is constant through fish gills, to protect them you shorten the time, by wasting none of it with periods where the algae isn't affected, and correctly terminating the treatment. :'(. Mr. Aqua 12 Long Aquascape – From Conception to Completion. If you have Marimo balls, temporarily remove them to a bucket of tank water as well. Does peroxide kill coral? Name Email Message. Do a 50% water change, or more if you know it's well tolerated. I am happy to say that our Mr. Aqua 12 Long aquascape is clean and algae free, and has been for a few weeks now. We decided to remove the piece of driftwood that was our centerpiece. After hours of reading articles and posts in forums like the Barr Report, UKAPS, etc., we started the battle. We documented the process on video and need to post it on YouTube to show everyone what not to do when applying this treatment. Since I didn’t shut off my filter, I am going to test my ammonia, nitrites and nitrates every day for a week or so to see if this process killed enough bacteria to start a new cycle. I've seen mine do it, ripped it off and ate it like it was cotton candy. My thinking was that giving the plants CO2 along with my current lighting and fert dosage would give the plants the advantage to out compete the BBA for nutrients. We could see that the treatment had an adverse affect on the algae. Bleach:water 1:19 Dechlored water or tap water? Apply hydrogen peroxide to the algae. Your email address will not be published. For areas of my aquarium that can be exposed with water changes, I will use a spray bottle to cover the BBA with hydrogen peroxide. If the cause for BBA was the co2 then I understand that it is the “infamous” imbalance between light, co2 and photoperiod, but to find this so called balance is like mission impossible. Black beard algae is a type of red algae that plagues freshwater and marine aquaria. We are considering a bottom feeder besides the shrimp, but haven’t decided on what yet. I put in the Blackbeard treatment from a bottle I bought from the … Great information! Now add 3% H2O2, at a dosage of 4 tbsp. Don't subscribe just a note H202 will actually start to oxidize the Excel immediately and break it down from an algaecide to a carbon source really really fast, storing it after its mixed is a bad idea (all your left with is a weaker h202 solution and some carbon). Livestock: At the moment we have 15 Chili Red Rasboras (Boraras brigittae) and half a zillion Red Cherry Shrimp (Neocaridina sp.). The enjoyment of this hobby is gone. As one example, our Alternanthera reineckii was lush and red with and without overdosing fertilizers in our tank. We kept forgetting to change the water. To kill Black Beard algae with hydrogen peroxide, you need to soak any affected plants, decorations, and aquarium equipment for around three minutes in undiluted 3% H 2 O 2. 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. Before you tear it down and start over, continue reading to learn how we completely removed this stubborn plague from our tank. Keep the lights on. We did not add fish until all the BBA was gone. This is the next mistake. Lighting: We have two Kessil A80’s mounted about 15 inches from the top of the substrate with a photo period of 7 hours. Yes, it works, I've used it, and it's certainly easier than my method. But we were hopeful that this treatment was working, especially after our losses. Thanks again for sharing. basically everything common to a planted tank setup. After soaking, rinse everything thoroughly in freshwater. But in a whole tank treatment, it's far more dilute. Hydrogen peroxide can only be used to get rid of algae on zoas and other softies. Did you notice any impact to your biofilter? To prevent livestock loss its a ration of 1.5ml /gallon of H202 for the actual water volume in the system (not the rated tank size). Replies to my comments But this treatment can burn them badly, especially on sides exposed to direct flow. Now terminate the treatment. We still have bouts of algae here and there, but tend to them quickly to eliminate it. All She says it has more character. Several times I've also had fish severely stressed or killed by AlgaeFix, and although in the majority of cases this doesn't happen, I consider it a gamble. This may be a bit conservative, but was a best guess and a round number. And will diffuse into water and oxygen after 24 hours. I've had some recent success with Excel. Your plants may take a hit though... Jun 8, 2017 #3 Ken Ooi Active Member. I can concluded that removing co2, 50% weekly water changes and air pump at nights are a key factor eliminating BBA. Good Luck! Feed your plants by boosting Carbon Dioxide. If there are any underlying problems that caused the algae outbreak in the first place, correct them so your tank stays algae-free. You are correct in that the mix can’t be stored. If you decide to remove black beard algae using this method, it will work. I spot treated with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) during water changes. Not minutes. I have always suspected that having too many organics are the cause of black beard algae. The BBA had turned a deep purple. I decided I needed to look into the peroxide method and found this thread. We have a video of our process and the results after 6 months that I will post as soon as I figure out how to make a quality video. Below is what I did. The process we used to remove black beard algae We used a 50/50 mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide and Seachem Flourish Excel. I do believe that with EI dosing, we would be less likely to have any algae issues (hair, dust, diatoms, etc. All plants in my aquarium grow well, but I wasn’t able to see the dying leaves. I tried this “1-2-punch” this morning. 2. Introduce black algae eating fish to your fish tank. I'm using Phosguard by Seachem now for the past 2 weeks. Last night I noticed that three reddish swords (maybe red Rubin?) 2. Did you do a large water change after the algae was dead before adding your livestock back into the tank? It has been a couple of years since we did this, and it still makes my stomach turn a little when I think about what it did to the animals in this tank. Treating Algae in an Aquarium with Hydrogen Peroxide. If I had to do it again, I would move my fish to another tank before I dosed the affected tank. We turned down the light, cut back on the hours of lighting, and cranked up the CO2. The most important thing is to not allow hydrogen peroxide to contact any corals or life that is not algae. They were swimming around and checking out the algae, but they were all dead 2 hours later. Freshwater Scuds: The Ultimate Algae Eaters? Mix 25ml of 6% Hydrogen Peroxide (pictured) with 75ml of tank water in a small container, deep enough to cover your zoa plug. As for directions, fill your dipping container with tank water and place the frags you want to dip in that container. A little of each of the mosses survived, and she attached some to the new wood along with some Hygrophila pinnatifida. And they will continue to be exposed to gradually lessening concentrations, further increasing the stress, as the filter slowly removes it. Tank has never been cleaner. Everything was running smoothly until, boom! Turning off the filters does prevent H2O2 from flowing through the biomedia. If you have seen his personal tanks, he has very lush (and controlled) setups, and is very well studied in biology. I use both Excel and H202 to treat algae when necessary (i also keep plants,shrimp,snails and fish in those tanks). I've heard about a few species of fish that eat BBA, but it seems different people have different experiences. 55 gallon and it is stocked yes. If the link above doesn't work, here is a full description: Most of it had turned gray. The video instructed to liberally douse everything in the aquarium, plants, rocks, wood, etc. Anyone here have any knowledge? In fact, the answers are often conflicting citing variables like flow, nutrients, lights, CO2 i.e. For a while, my 10 gallon high-tech tank has been having a bit of BBA on the wood and rocks. Any other suggestions? And not even using EI protocol !? Fish gills. Still trying to decide if I should get another little one or treat the driftwood with a Hydrogen Peroxide dip. There are several methods for removing black beard algae. Even if you don't try this, you may still find some of it informative. Depending on the algae species, we recommend different dosages: 1. We have had some setbacks as the article points out, and BBA has thus far been one of the biggest issues. Required fields are marked *. Hydrogen Peroxide Dip Ratio And Time. At the time I thought we’d made a huge mistake. Ferts: Our dosing regimen consists of 1 ml of Seachem Flourish Comprehensive once a week (after water change). I love my fish like most people love their dogs, so this was really hard to watch and a tough lesson for us to learn. This treatment does work, but it’s pretty extreme. Alternatively, you could use an eye dropper or cue tip to apply the H202. Over the years, the tanks have sometimes been quite laborious, so with our busy lives, the less time it takes to maintain our aquariums, the better. If they're also infested with undesirable algae, they can be treated simply by keeping them in the bucket in a dark place for a week. Off-topic but related. We still use a 50/50 mix of Excel and H202, but these days we spot treat BEFORE the BBA gets out of hand. It was originally developed to deal with what I call my SOS, "Staghorn On Steroids", as featured in my signature. The algae turned purplish for day or so and continued to grow. Dec 18, 2019. Plus, since most of my plants are swords, I think a lot of the ferts in the water column were going unused. 2. When I stopped using co2 there is nowhere BBA to be found. Works great. Virtually all of the H2O2 still exists in the tank, because without flow, very little of it has reacted with anything. In brief: It uses a properly executed H2O2 whole tank treatment, followed by a whole tank Excel treatment, to provide a much greater algicidal effect than either alone; without noticeably increased risk to fauna or plants. It even kills potential vermin, such as zoanthid-eating spiders! We had tried so many different methods of removal, and the amount of BBA in the tank was so extreme that we were desperate. For areas that can't be exposed, I deliver the hydrogen peroxide using a turkey baster with a thin straw attached to the end to give me more reach and precision. Buce Plant on Aug 17, 2020 How about replacing bleach with hydrogen peroxide? Only a few spots remained. I have 3 Flying Foxs and they don't touch the stuff. I had some BBA a few months back, so I used that as an excuse get pressurized CO2. Then on some of the rocks and substrate. I don’t think I noticed it before as the BBA didn’t stand out as much on the dark leaves as is does on lighter plants and hardscape. You can get hydrogen peroxide (3%) from the local stores near you and use it to remove BBA from your tank. If you have followed our journals about how we fought this battle to remove black beard algae, you already know that we used a pretty harsh treatment. It is commonly referred to as Brush algae because of its soft, fuzzy, hair-like filaments that grow attached to solid surfaces. We soaked the log for about 2 months in a plastic bin on our back patio. We appreciate your comment. We purchased a Mr. Aqua 12 Long rimless aquarium last year and carefully planned the scape for months before finally setting it up. Your email address will not be published. This looked promising! Then, out of nowhere, these little black dots starting appearing on the wood. But after mixing the solution, dip only the leaves of the plants in it. Then I stumbled across a video on YouTube (you can view it at the bottom of our post, Black Beard Algae – The Battle Begins) and decided to give this method a shot before starting over. And that is the one thing we don't want the H2O2 reacting with! Peroxide is the most effective way to clean and protect your zoas, and it keeps rapidly-growing algae at bay. 4. I hate even looking at it anymore. I've used this treatment many times over the course of the last year. If you're doing it in a tank with fish in it. When we were done nuking the tank, it was plain to see that we had covered all the algae with this mix because every bit of BBA was covered with bubbles. Hydrocotyle leucocephala “Brazilian Pennywort”, Micranthemum Monte Carlo – Planting the Right Amount, CO2 in the Planted Aquarium – A Necessary Luxury. I know it is unorthodox in aquascaping to not use an EI dosing method while running a high tech tank. I wanted to see how these areas reacted with just the general treatment. I get BBA even though my pH and CO2 levels are kept steady via a pH controller. Then the treatment is "terminated", by turning filters and lights back on. This worked and nothing suffered from it. I have two methods for spot treating. Right away? *Disclosure: We only recommend products we would use ourselves and all opinions expressed here are our own. Black beard algae are one of the worst algae in the aquarium hobby because of how hardy, persistent, and stubborn it is. Jun 8, 2017 #2 Fahn Fishlore VIP. I then began to add back prime treated fresh water. So you have a high tech (lights & pressurized CO2) tank setup and you only dosing Flourish ? Basically, our setup was a ghost town for a month while the BBA was dying. I then took my circulation fan off the glass and blew it all over the tank for another five minutes to make sure there was good circulation. I will continue to do it daily so it does not return. I'm glad they worked for you. We felt that to remove black beard algae completely, the driftwood had to go. 3. The Black Beard Algae was dying. My plants are ok, but not as green and lush as when I was suing co2. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. Please read the entire thread for details before experimenting. Place first zoa in for exactly 5 minutes, then return it to tank. They say Siamese Algae eaters love the stuff. I've got quite a bit of BBA in a tank and have used hydrogen peroxide on the affected areas. I’ve also noticed that the H202 begins to lose its effectiveness once the bottle has been opened. That's good, because we don't want the H2O2 to kill too much nitrifying bacteria, nor want the H2O2 depleted at this point in reaction with these bacteria. I couldn’t find the exact cause, so I was messing around every single day adjusting lights intensity, photoperiod, regulating the co2 you name it, peroxide! I added 10 Tbsp (2 per 10g @ 50g) of 3% peroxide to a glass, then added another 10 Tbsp of tank water, giving me a 50/50 mix of peroxide/water. I used exclusively plats in vitro so I watched them grow. No improvement. Your email address will not be published. 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. However none of them say for how long to leave the filter off for. After a few days, the mulm started to disappear on its own. I'm experimenting with this approach on plant leaves (see images to the right). It helps a little but it grows back in a week or so. I then used a syringe to spot treat the worst areas with the mix. The Black Beard Algae is gone! I am still not quite clear what’s stopped the BBA. If that doesn’t work, I’m going to remove my fish to a holding tub and try your method. Return the tank to its normal configuration, including replacing filter media if it was removed. I would love to explain the science behind why our setups are flourishing so well, but don’t have the research to back any claims. Cameroon Moss, Fissidens fontanus “Phoenix Moss”, Riccardia chamedryfolia “Coral Moss”, Hemianthus callitrichoides “Dwarf Baby Tears”, Annubias Nana “Petite”, Cambomba carolinianas, Proserpinaca palustris L.”Mermaid Weed”, and Java Fern Lace “Windelov”, and a couple of other species of plants that I can’t think of right off the top of my head. By the time I got about 30g out of the tank, it had been 30 minutes of “full strength” peroxide (2Tbsp per 10g of water). Some amount of time is allowed to elapse, a half hour or so. I am convinced that it was the co2, I am not sure if it is the 50% water changes, Siamese algae eaters that I added, stopping co2, EI dosage or a combination of all. The H2O2 would kill it. Light has no effect on the H2O2, only your ability to see what's going on. So the light has no effect, in the time scales we're working with. Regardless of the approach I use about 1 ml of hydrogen peroxide per 2 gallons of water. In my experience, CO2 is the most important nutrient, and combined with a quality substrate under a quality light spectrum, we are rarely disappointed. per 10G of actual tank water volume (excluding substrate, plants, etc). Our hope is that those visiting this post will learn from our mistake. Also, you might want to comment on that video we saw to warn people about the devastation that could happen. Beautiful tank! I do a 50% water change weekly. Please comment below if you have any suggestions on how to remove Black Beard Algae that may be a little less harsh but effective, or how to prevent this from happening in the first place. I also started to dosing EI method including 50% weekly water changes but most of all I stopped using co2. I’ll let you know the results soon. If you weren't already using Excel, or were using it at the recommended dose, add Seachem's recommended initial dose of 5ml per 10G. And I mean everything that I've read on all forums and others. It seemed like some the shrimp were trying to climb out of the water while others seemed unaffected. Yes, that's double what's typically used; as explained previously we can use a higher concentration. Better to be safe than sorry when it comes to dosing the amount of hydrogen peroxide for the first time. How long after treatment did you wait before adding fish? It finally started to look like we wouldn’t have to replace our hardscape after all. I have the filter turned off as every video I've watched on it has said to do. I immediately knew what it was because I’d seen this species of algae in our LFS. Lyndon on Sep 25, 2020 Yes, hydrogen peroxide can also be used: 2-3 ml to 1 gallon of water. If needed, we were going to continue to spot treat with Excel and H2O2 until the BBA was eradicated. The results are typically very poor, at least until you get into such doses that fauna are at risk; and after a few failed attempts, most folks understandably write this option off. The video did not show the process taking place, so we didn’t know exactly how much to apply. Member. In some cases, a thorough algae removal like this is enough to improve plant health to the point where algae will not return. I had gone a long time without trimming my java fern. Water Maintenance: We raise our Jardli glass jet outflows at night to aerate the water and try and break the biofilm on the surface (See the video here). I would suggest you cut off any infected leaves, fix whatever is causing your algae, and your crypt will regrow healthily. I recently set up a freshwater DSB tank which is about 50% planted with swords and crypts. Apr 27, 2020; Thread Starter #6 OP . Dip them in Excel or another glut solution. I was about to give up and start all over again from scratch till I read somewhere that OXYGEN kills BBA, so I added air pump connected to a timer that starts exactly when the lights go off and stop when the light turn on. I feel like a slave to my planted aquarium. Are you at the point of tearing down your aquascape and starting over? But all of our Chili Rasboras were huddled at the top of the water in one corner of the tank. 3% H202 Hydrogen peroxide can be bought online or at many chemists or supermarkets and it’s an inexpensive solution. Here's what I found: What's the ratio for 6% bleach to water? Thank you. Like most algae it likes high light, but will thrive in medium light if flow is high. Member. I wanted to see if it grew or spread after adding the CO2. There were still spots that were purple, but clearly suffering. I wish that video had been more specific. We were a little nervous about doing this with all of our livestock still in the aquarium, but the gentleman in the video said that he liberally treated his tank with his fish in it and then went away for a week. My wife has decided that she likes the Malaysian driftwood better than the original wood. The biofilter at least is now reducing the H2O2. We thought about purchasing a couple of SAE’s as well, but those were not fish we wanted to keep and weren’t 100% sure that they would do the trick, so after stumbling on a video on YouTube (https://youtu.be/43bvtrORrd4) that showed the process we took (in a milder form, I’m sure), we decided to go this route. Therefore, I started to trim and remove old leaves. I thought about ordering some SAEs to eat the algae but by the time I quarantine them and add them to my tank, it will be covered in BBA. I used to read the Barr Report every night, and I fully agree with Tom Barr’s research. About a week after I planted my swords (ordered online from a reputable small company) I started to see BBA crop up on the edges of the leaves. I will post the results in a week or two. The first week, we did water changes every other day. I've never seen any adverse effect on the more sensitive inhabitants of my tank; including otos, cories, bamboo shrimp, ramshorn and pond snails. 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