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. The slowly add Hydrogen Peroxide until you start to see bubbles forming. But the fish are already getting close to suffering noticeable stress. We lost all but one of our Chili’s, our Nerite snails, and quite a few of our RCS. Posting your own video would be a great idea, Ben! 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. We still have bouts of algae here and there, but tend to them quickly to eliminate it. Although it does stop staghorn algae fairly well. 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. So if you want an effective treatment, provide massive flow during the entire treatment period. In a day or two the BBA turns red. Works great. I did not test the water parameters after treatment. Everything was running smoothly until, boom! Did you notice any impact to your biofilter? For alternative methods and more information on preventions and identification, please read on Required fields are marked *. We did not add fish until all the BBA was gone. The next day? Once the BBA was gone, we were back to weekly water changes and maintenance. I do believe that with EI dosing, we would be less likely to have any algae issues (hair, dust, diatoms, etc. We could see that the treatment had an adverse affect on the algae. 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. Do not let the roots touch the solution, or it will kill the plant. Use a syringe or a spray bottle. Great blog. I've had some recent success with Excel. Lighting: We have two Kessil A80’s mounted about 15 inches from the top of the substrate with a photo period of 7 hours. I then used a syringe to spot treat the worst areas with the mix. 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. Hopefully others can soon add their experiences. Hydrocotyle leucocephala “Brazilian Pennywort”, Micranthemum Monte Carlo – Planting the Right Amount, CO2 in the Planted Aquarium – A Necessary Luxury. While in all cases no adverse effects were observed, I cannot guarantee it to be 100% safe. Mr. Aqua 12 Long Aquascape – From Conception to Completion. Aquarium Background Ideas – Vinyl or Paint? I don’t know if this was needed, but I did it just in case. Not minutes. BBA bloomed. If your sole source of flow is your filters, you'll have to temporarily remove the filter media to a bucket of tank water, and leave the filters on. If you have Marimo balls, temporarily remove them to a bucket of tank water as well. I use no more than double the dose that I would normally put into the water as a whole. was about ready to take both tanks down, but no more!! But all algae will be weakened, and now it's time for: Any remaining algae not killed by the H2O2 is now extremely susceptible to Excel. It has spread unbelievably fast after a couple of weeks. It has some large manzanita wood covered with petite Anubia. If you were already using Excel overdoses, continue using the previous dose. 3. After a few days, the mulm started to disappear on its own. I have been struggling with this nightmare for almost 2 years now. Place first zoa in for exactly 5 minutes, then return it to tank. Reactions: Roger D and brandon429. We scooped the fish out with one catch and put them in another aquarium, hoping that it was not too late. He said that when he returned home, the Black Beard Algae was gone and his fish were fine. If this is done, the increase in safety is actually enough that concentration can be increased. I would advise not to dip the moss ball since its pretty much bunched up algae. I have two methods for spot treating. 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. This is one of the most popular ways over the internet and it involved using 3% Hydrogen Peroxide which you can easily and cheaply get from your local drugstore. The “amount” that you should have used is equal to the dosage amount for the tank. We have learned a lot since then. Neon Blue Rasbora – The Perfect Blue Nano Species. *Disclosure: We only recommend products we would use ourselves and all opinions expressed here are our own. 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). Introduce black algae eating fish to your fish tank. Please read the entire thread for details before experimenting. The most important thing is to not allow hydrogen peroxide to contact any corals or life that is not algae. I cleaned up what BBA I could by trimming a few plants and taking out and bleaching the rocks and filter intake and outflow pieces. ), but with proper maintenance, trimming, lighting and CO2 level adjustments, we have found the right balance for our scapes without having to purchase and use various fertilizers. This treatment does work, but it’s pretty extreme. As the mulm kept becoming brown over time, black beard algae started to grow. 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. Our hope is that those visiting this post will learn from our mistake. 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. WARNING! But in a whole tank treatment, it's far more dilute. I used to read the Barr Report every night, and I fully agree with Tom Barr’s research. Plants:  Rotala “Indica”, Hydrocotyle leucocephala “Brazilian Pennywort”, Hydrocotyle tripartita sp.”Japan”, Plagiochilaceae sp. During this time, redirect flow a few times if possible, to make sure all areas get covered. Edit: Bleach dip is MUCH easier to find information on. Treat the Tank With H 2 O 2 Typically, the first thing done is to turn off the filters and lights. Burning my Marimo balls was a nasty surprise, but certainly showed how effective it is, as they've never been affected by any other algicidal treatment. I wish that video had been more specific. I just dosed my tank 4 hours ago. As part of getting rid of hair algae in my tank I quarantined my plants and dosed them with a few tablespoons for two days. 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. So instead, high flow is required to carry it around the tank, to contact the algae and have some positive effect. I've never seen any adverse effect on the more sensitive inhabitants of my tank; including otos, cories, bamboo shrimp, ramshorn and pond snails. But forts you need to find what's causing the BBA and fix it. For a while, my 10 gallon high-tech tank has been having a bit of BBA on the wood and rocks. If you decide to remove black beard algae using this method, it will work. 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. 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. No further large doses are necessary in this case. 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. I used exclusively plats in vitro so I watched them grow. BBA is till growing but maybe a little slower. Does peroxide kill coral? I've added amazon frogbit and it's helped slow down new algae growth. When I stopped using co2 there is nowhere BBA to be found. So, I’m going to try dosing with Excel first and reducing my lights to 8 hours from 10. They were starting to mature nicely, especially some of the more expensive and hard-to-get species like our Cameroon Moss. 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. This is a technique I've developed. Yes, it works, I've used it, and it's certainly easier than my method. And that is the one thing we don't want the H2O2 reacting with! Black Beard algae . This has worked very well on filter components, the top of my heater, and on driftwood. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe alternative to harsher chemicals. As one example, our Alternanthera reineckii was lush and red with and without overdosing fertilizers in our tank. To strike a proper balance, it requires the correct levels of lighting, ferts, and CO2. I did not want to reintroduce animals to the tank because I was not sure we weren’t going to have to spot treat in the following days, and after seeing what happened to the fish, didn’t want to take the chance. We mix it in a small medicine cup and use a syringe to apply it to the algae. Apply hydrogen peroxide to the algae. I’m sure that several of the professional aquascapers in the hobby would scoff at our methods, but it works for us, and I would be proud to show off our scapes to anyone. If needed, we were going to continue to spot treat with Excel and H2O2 until the BBA was eradicated. This has been performed by me many times, and by others only a few. You can read about it in the  article I wrote right after the treatment. Light has no effect on the H2O2, only your ability to see what's going on. It spread too fast. I wanted to see if it grew or spread after adding the CO2. We appreciate your comment. We were ready to tear down this setup and re-scape the aquarium, but with the countless hours and meticulous details invested in this aquascape, were not looking forward to doing that. My plants are ok, but not as green and lush as when I was suing co2. But as I started to trim my java fern last week, I had noticed inside the bush that there were brown plants that were deteriorating due to age and being shaded. Getting Rid of Black Beard Algae (BBA) on Driftwood. Using these metrics, I stopped spending the time and money on an EI dosing regimen. 3 mins; Java fern? 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. 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. We also noticed that there were fewer shrimp in the tank. What I can’t seem to figure out is, even though we keep our tanks spotless, we still had a serious issue with BBA. https://infolific.com/pets/freshwater-aquariums/hydrogen-peroxide-bba 2 mins; Hygrophila polysperma? If that doesn’t work, I’m going to remove my fish to a holding tub and try your method. #4. nyleve. I like to use a paint brush that is “almost” dripping. So you have a high tech (lights & pressurized CO2) tank setup and you only dosing Flourish ? Should I ever have an invasive clado problem, I expect this might be able to eliminate it. My method: I decided I have about 50g of water in my 65g tank. I was upset with myself for following advice that went against my own common sense, and really upset (and embarrassed) that my fish and shrimp had to suffer. She says it has more character. If you're doing it in a tank with fish in it. Thanks again for sharing. 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. As I said before, Concentration * Flow * Time. Use of Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) Bath. I've tried everything in the book to get ride of BBA from my tank but nothing works. Hydrogen Peroxide eventually breaks down into just water so no need to worry about it harming your fish or plants. The video instructed to liberally douse everything in the aquarium, plants, rocks, wood, etc. Java moss was unaffected. It was about 5 minutes from the time I began spot treating to the time I poured the remainder in the tank. Even though the algae on it was was dying, the wood was heavily infested. Flying Foxes eat BBA. Until then, I plan on scaling back the CO2 and ferts. I’ve also noticed that the H202 begins to lose its effectiveness once the bottle has been opened. We still use a 50/50 mix of Excel and H202, but these days we spot treat BEFORE the BBA gets out of hand. also you can just combine the proper excel dose above with the H202 ratio above (not a strict 50/50 mix) and do it that way…. All of our plants survived, thankfully, but suffered during the treatment. Most of it had turned gray. Alternatively, you could use an eye dropper or cue tip to apply the H202. I then wait 15 to 20 minutes before adding water back to the tank. Lyndon on Sep 25, 2020 Yes, hydrogen peroxide can also be used: 2-3 ml to 1 gallon of water. You can dip other more hardy plants like anubias or java fern. Also, you might want to comment on that video we saw to warn people about the devastation that could happen. As for directions, fill your dipping container with tank water and place the frags you want to dip in that container. I wanted to see how these areas reacted with just the general treatment. In some cases, a thorough algae removal like this is enough to improve plant health to the point where algae will not return. I don't use Excel on a reg basis other than to spot treat rocks, wood, power heads etc., with a spray bottle (50/50 H2O2 & Excel) at water changes outside of the tank and that works great. 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. 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). I've read that people have used 2 ml per gallon with no ill effects, but I'm nervous about going that high. Freshwater Scuds: The Ultimate Algae Eaters? I’ve been digging around for more information, and many do agree that high organics lead to BBA. This is the next mistake. And will diffuse into water and oxygen after 24 hours. You want as much flow as possible. We limit the amount to 1ml per gallon of water volume per treatment. We have had some setbacks as the article points out, and BBA has thus far been one of the biggest issues. Ferts: Our dosing regimen consists of 1 ml of Seachem Flourish Comprehensive once a week (after water change). I initially researched EI dosing while setting up our first scape in 2015, and due to information overload with being new to the hobby, soon lost track. I spot treated with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) during water changes. I have doing what you suggested for over a year with out results. It finally started to look like we wouldn’t have to replace our hardscape after all. Only a few spots remained. I think the beginning of our Black Beard Algae problem started with the piece of driftwood that we used as the focal point. At one point we were breeding mosquitoes in that bin. We turned down the light, cut back on the hours of lighting, and cranked up the CO2. Because the amount is small, I need to dose multiple times to hit all of the areas in the tank that have BBA. Follow this link and you'll get the full description of the method. Reply Like Reply. They say Siamese Algae eaters love the stuff. Member. Keep the lights on. Not any that I bought. I've used this treatment many times over the course of the last year. 55 gallon and it is stocked yes. Every week when I do a water change and the water level is low I spray everything. The H2O2 would kill it. per 10G, down from 4 tbsp. Please keep in touch and let us know how it went! I feel like a slave to my planted aquarium. I decided I needed to look into the peroxide method and found this thread. 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. You can get hydrogen peroxide (3%) from the local stores near you and use it to remove BBA from your tank. Black beard algae is a type of red algae that plagues freshwater and marine aquaria. I have an idea why this occurs different from other hypothesis I've seen, and how it might be avoided, but that's a topic for another thread I'll soon post. Adding once a day for 3 days and monitoring the black algae until it dies off. The enjoyment of this hobby is gone. BBA isn't affected much by light intensity as I have it growing at all levels from the substrate to the surface. You are correct in that the mix can’t be stored. We felt that to remove black beard algae completely, the driftwood had to go. You can read the full disclosure here. There are several methods for removing black beard algae. A no time did my fish seem stressed (mostly tetras and a few platys), but I did add the recommended dose of Stress Guard, just in case. Thanks for your reply. Last night I noticed that three reddish swords (maybe red Rubin?) For anyone who wishes to try this, I am changing my initial recommendation for H2O2 to 2 tbsp. I would like to use my co2 again but I’m dead scare BBA will come back again. This looked promising! It's a ratio of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 150 parts water. Scrape out dead worms from the surface of the dip-cup. Then, out of nowhere, these little black dots starting appearing on the wood. It even kills potential vermin, such as zoanthid-eating spiders! 3 mins; How much declor … At this time I consider my treatment possibly safer than AlgaeFix when a powerful full tank treatment is required, and certainly usable in more circumstances. Black beard algae are one of the worst algae in the aquarium hobby because of how hardy, persistent, and stubborn it is. Robert, you need to use the "1-2-punch" method. 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. I used a dip method 1. It can easily kill LPS and SPS. 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. As a basis for this treatment, we use the 3% solution for the Söchting Oxydator. I use straight 3% H2O2 dip for 5 minutes or a <1.5% mixture for 15-30 minutes. I started a new set up using pond dirt a substrate, fertilizers under the substrate so the plants feed through the roots. One of the easiest and most effective is using 3% hydrogen peroxide, use 10 ml per 50 liters (15 gallons). I'm experimenting with this approach on plant leaves (see images to the right). :'(. hydrogen peroxide saves the day! I've got quite a bit of BBA in a tank and have used hydrogen peroxide on the affected areas. had some laves almost completely covered in BBA. 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. For excel use the dosage amounts on the bottle… then do a 50/50 solution of whichever calls for the smallest volume…. We soaked the log for about 2 months in a plastic bin on our back patio. I've tried it on other algae too, mostly out of curiosity rather than necessity. Like most algae it likes high light, but will thrive in medium light if flow is high. 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. Without that, there is only one place where high flow is occurring. SOS doesn't behave quite according to the rules. To get rid of the black beard algae in your aquarium for good you should: Dip all of the affected decor in Hydrogen Peroxide. 2. RyanD. The first week, we did water changes every other day. The algae was almost completely gone from the rest of the tank. It may take another half hour before H2O2 is sufficiently reduced. And I mean everything that I've read on all forums and others. I feel your pain. etc. To treat a whole tank, you’re going to want to use between 10 – 30 ml or 2 – 6 teaspoons per 50 liters or 15 gallons. Thanks for reading Susan, we are happy that this information was useful. There were a few small spots I missed, but decided to leave there as a “controll group”. All The BBA had turned a deep purple. If you have seen his personal tanks, he has very lush (and controlled) setups, and is very well studied in biology. In my experience, CO2 is the most important nutrient, and combined with a quality substrate under a quality light spectrum, we are rarely disappointed. 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! Here's what I found: What's the ratio for 6% bleach to water? "NOTE: Others have reported deaths of shrimp, snails, and fish - particularly known sensitive ones. How long do you wait between the First Punch of H2O2 and the Second Punch of EXCEL treatment? Your email address will not be published. The Black Beard Algae is gone! Hydrogen Peroxide, nothing, Excel a wast of money. Whole tank H2O2 treatments don't get much attention. It laughs at high CO2, H2O2 spot treatments, and Excel spot/tank treatments. Otocinclus, Amano Shrimp, and Nerite Snails won't eat BBA. After about 2 weeks of CO2, none of the spots of BBA had grown and the plants looked great with a lot of new growth. Your email address will not be published. Bear in mind that the more gentle plants (Japanese Moss balls being one) may take damage as … Hydrogen Peroxide will kill algae. I immediately knew what it was because I’d seen this species of algae in our LFS. How long after treatment did you wait before adding fish? Depending on the algae species, we recommend different dosages: 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. Then I use a syringe to squirt Excel onto the BBA under the water. I guess the takeaway is that if you have a situation like we did where BBA has grow out of control, this method will eliminate it. Not only does it make you susceptible to BBA, but other algae and parasites as well. Our Micranthemum ‘Monte Carlo’ showed no difference in growth with or without EI dosing. Are you at the point of tearing down your aquascape and starting over? I'd like to see someone try it on a tank with a few expendable cherries. HYDROGEN PEROXIDE. Your email address will not be published. Treating Algae in an Aquarium with Hydrogen Peroxide. Only through many more tests in a wide variety of tanks can that be established. We trimmed away infected plants and scraped the hardscape. I will post the results in a week or two. Boil it away with a heat treatment. While I've provided this info in several threads now as personalized help, I feel it deserves a full write-up in its own thread. You just cannot dump that much of a foreign substance into their home and it be safe. Buce Plant on Aug 17, 2020 How about replacing bleach with hydrogen peroxide? It is commonly referred to as Brush algae because of its soft, fuzzy, hair-like filaments that grow attached to solid surfaces. We do weekly water changes, and with a heavily planted tank, it is important to vacuum all the tight areas. 3. The video instructed to liberally douse everything in the aquarium, plants, rocks, wood, etc. I turn off filtration and let the water settle. Name Email Message. We decided to remove the piece of driftwood that was our centerpiece. Pretty unmistakable, right? But the truth is, most people perform this treatment completely wrong. 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. There were a few leaves I intentionally did not spot treat with either the peroxide or excel. 2. It seemed like some the shrimp were trying to climb out of the water while others seemed unaffected. Member. Required fields are marked *. Keep that in mind should you decide to try it, and if you do, please share your results in this thread. The video did not show the process taking place, so we didn’t know exactly how much to apply. 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. Fish gills. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. My wife and I, on the other hand, have 5 aquascapes and work full time. I will continue to do it daily so it does not return. Less hardy algae may be effectively killed by this alone, especially if flow was good. Reduce phosphate (PO4) in the water. I’m sure most aquascaping purists would scoff at what we did, but we are still pretty new to the aquascaping hobby (3 years) and we let this outbreak get out of hand before we could put a reign on things. 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). I would suggest you cut off any infected leaves, fix whatever is causing your algae, and your crypt will regrow healthily. Still trying to decide if I should get another little one or treat the driftwood with a Hydrogen Peroxide dip. CO2: We run pressurized CO2 that measures approximately 30 ppm that comes on 3 hours before lights on and shuts off an hour before lights out. 1. If there are any underlying problems that caused the algae outbreak in the first place, correct them so your tank stays algae-free. I use both Excel and H202 to treat algae when necessary (i also keep plants,shrimp,snails and fish in those tanks). While we bombed the tank, the fish and shrimp were swimming around frantically. Apr 27, 2020; Thread Starter #6 OP . 3% H202 Hydrogen peroxide can be bought online or at many chemists or supermarkets and it’s an inexpensive solution. A lot of sources claim that increasing Co2 helps against BBA, but that has never worked for me. Someone mentioned using bleach but I prefer hydrogen peroxide because you can much more easily kill a plant if not done correctly. Daily, double-dosing of Excel doesn't keep BBA at bay. In this case, the H2O2 treatment followed by a single, sudden Excel spike is enough to quickly finish algae off. Beautiful tank! Now, I can tell you this method worked, but we did make some costly mistakes in the process. 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