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  1. Hey everyone, I have been fighting a localized algae bloom in my Spec V for months, and I can't figure it out. It's a super puffy, billowy gray algae that is easy to remove, but it ALWAYS comes back. The weird thing is that it is only on one branch in my tank, and absolutely nowhere else. The pictures below are of the branch 1 week after plucking everything off with aquascaping tweezers. I do this routine weekly, and it always comes back in force over the following week. I have no other algae in the tank (AT ALL) and have never had issues, even on the buce that I have. I currently have cherry shrimp in the tank, and they won't touch the stuff. I have no nitrites and ammonia, and I keep the nitrates <20 ppm. Ph is around 7.5, temperature is around 76F, light is on for 9 hours a day, which I gradually raised from 6 hours in the beginning with no issues. I'm starting to dose Easy Carbon to see if that does anything, but this algae is so tough that I have low expectations. Anyone have any advice? At the very least, can someone positively identify this algae for me? Thanks!
  2. I have this very small patch (half of a dime roughly) of black beard algae that's been growing in my tank. Theres also like 5 hairs on the Anubias next to it. I kind of like the look of it but I dont want it to spread all over the anubias and wood. I have a place and guppies that constantly pick at the surface of everything in the tank but they dont pick at this because they either dont like it or because its in a hard to reach area (under fishing wire to hold the plant down). So what are your thoughts? Should I get rid of it?
  3. So I’ve gotten some easy carbon, but I was wondering how to use it to treat my black beard algae on my plants, Zoe’s bio filter, etc.
  4. Does anybody know what this black stuff is? Initially I only saw it on the tips of my cyperus helferi and thought maybe it was just a normal process for the plant (like how Java ferns will make baby Java ferns on their leaves)... but yesterday I had a major die off of my cherry shrimp (after several months of smooth sailing with this planted/Walstad method shrimp jar.) I did a big water change and noticed some of the black things growing in the anubias and buce too. Now I’m concerned maybe it is some kind of parasite? I treated with Paraguard out of caution but can’t speak to whether or not it’s changed anything yet. Of note, I do NOT believe it to be black hair algae. I’ve had plenty of that in other tanks and it doesn’t look the same. Thanks in advance for any help!
  5. Hello, i have this issue where all of my plants have some black algae. My Java fern and specially cryps are getting affected quite a lot in my planted 50 gal. Im pretty sure it’s due to being located in my living room where there’s a lot of natural light and the way that the frames of the windows are set up, I can’t get any solid curtains to block out the light over night. does anyone have a fix to this? Suggestions? I really think the tank is set up super nice, however the algae takes away from it soo much. all replies will be appreciated, thank you!
  6. I’ve been struggling with BBA in my planted community tank. I am trying to balance the tank, but I ended up treating the plants with Hydrogen Peroxide in the meantime. All of the BBA is now red, which means it’s dying, correct? Do I need to do anything else at this point? Will it just die off? I have some Amano shrimp, but they haven’t touched it. Also, is it true that blue lighting promotes algae? Thanks for your help!
  7. I have developed black beard algae on my intake sponge for my HOB. I have a moderately planted tank with different plants including vals. I know you can spot treat with hydrogen peroxide, but was wondering if anyone has done something like an Easy Carbon dip? I would like to avoid adding Easy Carbon to the tank to prevent damage to the vals. Was thinking along the lines of removing the intake sponge and letting it sit in a bath of diluted Easy Carbon, rinsing it out really well with old tank water, then replacing it in the tank. Has anyone tried this?
  8. A while back i purchased some bacopa from my lfs and didnt quarantine them. Sure enough i did in fact have a small BBA outbreak that spread from the bacopa to my anubias and java fern. I had successfully removed the BBA then a few weeks later i noticed it coming back only on my java fern. At least i think it came back. It has reappeared around the tiny plantlets that are sprouting from the leaves. Is this in fact BBA, or are my sprouts developing roots? Here are a couple of pictures.
  9. I am dealing with an outbreak of black beard hair algae in my tank. This has been going on for a while, but has recently gotten worse due to me upgrading my aquarium light. Recently I noticed my Oto eating the algae though, which is strange because I didn’t think that they eat this type of algae. If anyone has any suggestions on how to deal with this type of algae, please feel free to let me know. But, it’s not as bad as I thought if my Oto is willing to eat some of it. Maybe all I need to do is buy another
  10. Hello I'm sure this is a common topic and have searched numerous forums including all social media .... How to get rid of it. Yes I have Siemese Algea eater (SAE), with no success, also tried hydrogen peroxide on the decorations. Is there anything that can eliminate it from plants and surfaces in the tank. Much appreciated Bryan
  11. I have a horrible algae problem that is wiping out most of my plants and grows several inches long off my hob that started a few months back when I was running the beamworks light an average of 12-16 hours per day and only using flourish micro but it was pretty minor and not widespread and I actually liked the look, I have since put my lights on an 8 hour timer and started using easy green and easy iron because my nitrates were staying at zero, and I added co2 a month or so back I have removed the vast majority of my val because cutting it back almost to the ground well below any algae I saw didn't stop it, I've dipped everything in straight peroxide hoping that would for sure do it and even if I killed the leaves the stems would survive but that also failed because even though there is new growth from the stems of the plants that mostly died the algae came back to them and I'm lost. I'm sorry I cant organize my thoughts into proper sentences without spending the next hour and a half editing this but I'd be very grateful for the advice if anyone can help me save my little buddies.
  12. Hi guys... I cleaned my tank yesterday and wiped the front glass with an algae scrubber, this morning I noticed a couple tiny spots with this... any thoughts on what it is? Almost looks like mold or fungus to me but how? I just wiped the glass! (I had to put my hand up to get the camera to focus on the glass.)
  13. Hi guys I posted another topic about my bba and stag horn issue. So I did some research (aquarium co-op videos lol) about balancing nutrients and lighting so I did my weekly water change yesterday but for I did it I tested the nitrates they were at 40 ppm but I dosed the tank with easy green the day prior.then like I said I did my water change and dosed with easy green and this morning I tested the nitrates and they were at 20 ppm.now my actual question is are my light times and power levels to high still. I have been gradually decreasing time and levels every two weeks. Now I know Corey said nitrates should stay around 40 so I wonder if I need to dim the lights and lessen the time or just add more ferts? I also have root tabs in under the sword as well.so that this is so long and all over the place. And here’s a photo on what exactly my light is on and the tank it’s self. Thanks everyone
  14. I have some Ammannia Gracilis that has beard algae problems. They are they only plants in my tank to have a problem with beard algae. Seriously- it affects no other plants. It's pain because I keep having to trim off chunks of the plant to fight the evil badness. Y'all reckon that I am better off just ripping the plants out and buying new ones? I'd gladly pay a few bucks not to have to deal with it.
  15. The top of my decor and front and back aquarium glass had what was either black algae or black mold on it. My water levels are on point, the best it’s ever been and my temp is right where it should be. It’s a 50 gallon tank. I do 15 to 20% water changes every week cause my zombie fish is a dirty gold fish. Today I took all the decor out cleaned it, did a 50% water change. Why would this be growing in my tank that bad? It was black. The tank is by a couple windows but no direct sunlight to the tank and at night I do turn the light on for a couple hours. The light is a fluorescent bulb, could this cause it and if so what is the best light to use or does it not need light? Thank you for any help! kelly
  16. Hi everyone! I've been battling BBA for the last month or so and got to thinking about temperature fluctuation. I'll share my setup below, but my question is more general (I know what kicked off my BBA hahaha). Will a few degrees of temperature fluctuation in a high-tech tank cause CO2 levels to fluctuate enough to cause algae? I've got a 90g tank with an Eheim 200W thermostat connected to an external controller. The target temperature is 73-75 fahrenheit and the controller will only power the thermostat to get the tank back up to 75 if it falls below 73. I think it takes about 2 hours to go from 73 to 75, but I haven't timed it (I'm sure it's over an hour). Me and the fish have been happy with the gentile rise and fall of the temps and reduced wear and tear on the thermostat, but I'm not sure if I'm making things harder on myself with the fluctuations.
  17. What fish is good for eating black beard algae? I have a ton growing in my 20 gallon community tank
  18. So starting like 5 months ago I had a medium plant load in the aquarium using an old florescent tank light and the marineland advanced LED light on my 40 breeder, and both were on a timer. I was dosing 4 pumps as directed of easy green a week and weekly water changes. I started noticing black spots on the hardscape and didn't think much of it. fast forwarding 4 months BBA and BGA have now infested my tank and my tank is also heavily planted. Now after christmas this year I got a fluval 3.0 and set it to the day cycle as provided by Bently Pascoe, and my marine land goes on for 4 hours when the fluval is at it's peak of strongest light for my Montecarlo and pearlweed. I know that with the consistent dosing and lighting there really is one variable which is the plant growth itself, causing deficiency on nutrients in the water column. I've been trying to bomb the tank with nutrients the last two days with 10 pumps of easy green. I still can't even get to 5ppm of N. I don't know what to do and I am getting tired of fighting algae Plants: Monte Carlo, over a dozen crypts, Red pearl Amazon sword, mult. stems of pearlweed, Italian and leopard Val, Bolbitis, 4 bunches of Anubias nana petite, 2 Normal anubias nana, 2 fist fulls of Golden Loydellia, Dwarf Sag. and finally one smaller clump of Java Fern. Fish: 7 inch Poly teug. (will be moving to 210 once the tank is set up) 4 inch Poly Ornate (will be moving to 210 once the tank is set up) 2x 3 Inch Angels (breeding pair) 1 SAE and a mating pair of Kribensis
  19. I have a 50 gallon freshwater aquarium that has been established for 15 years and recently decided to move from the plastic plants to live plants. I bought several Java and Anubias from the Aquarium Coop along with a bottle of the Easy Green. The plants have been in the aquarium for 6-8 weeks and the plants appear to be doing pretty well. The fish seem to really enjoy swimming through the live plants especially the Java Ferns. The Java Fern Windelov has started to show signs of hair algae on the ends of the plants. The fish have been nibbling at it and I cut back the length of the lights from 14 hours to around 10 hours and that seems to be keeping it at bay. It has not shown up on the other plants either. I checked for nitrates and they were running between 25 and 50 with 0 Nitrites. I use a Fluval filter with biological treatment and filtration and have not lost a fish in over a year. What should the nitrates be running when I am also adding 5 pumps of Easy Green per week for my 50 gallon aquarium? Should I add less Easy Green to reduce the nitrates? Appreciate any advice for this newby.
  20. I have a 30 gallon aquarium it is getting over run with bba I have been dosing with easy carbon and can’t tell any difference if anything it’s getting worse what are some ways to get rid of it any advice will be greatly appreciated
  21. First off, just need confirmation this is black beard algae. Secondly, how to treat. Was hoping to get a fish to control various algae on plants. Had ottos, but they all died except one and I never see evidence of him eating anything other than his belly is still plump when I do see him. I have 10 harlequin rasboras, 50+ cherry shrimp, 6 panda coryadoras, and various snails.
  22. I've used hydrogen peroxide to fight off black beard algae in the past. It's been so long now that I don't really remember what the dosages are or anything. I have to work all day today and tomorrow so I was hoping to hear from a collective of fish keepers on this subject. It's starting to cover my crinum and I want to nip it before it gets worse. How do you prevent bba in your own tank? What do you do when an outbreak does occur? I plan on researching the proper dosing recommendations at some point. But I would love to hear other options and experiences.
  23. I have had a bad outbreak of black beard algae. I have started to adjust my lighting and fertilizer to correct it. I will only be making small adjust to the lighting and fertilizer separately and slowly. My question is if I set-up a tank with some new eco-complete substrate can I use my existing tank water and one of the canister filters to cycle the new tank or will the water and filter have black bear algae spores that will contaminate the new tank. I want to move the fish to the new tank so I can give the old tank, stone and drift wood a good cleaning. I will let the amano shrimp take care of the effected plants.
  24. Alright guys I’ve had it. I’ve got a 55 gallon moderately planted tank which has been running smoothly for 2 years. Recently (4-6 months) I’ve had major issues with black beard algae exploding on everything; plants, wood, rock and equipment. I’ve pulled out everything and scrubbed it off to no avail. I need advice before I completely tear it down and start fresh.
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