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#1 Alf36

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 11:48 AM

I was feeding Harry this morning and I realized I had some black/brown algae on my driftwood any ideas what it is?
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 12:00 PM

Had the same exact thing. During WC wipe off and suck up. Took a month or two to go away.
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 12:22 PM

It's from using wood that wasn't dead yet. Like crow said. Scrape it off and suck it up during w/c's.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 12:29 PM

ok the last time i did a water change I took the whole piece of wood out, and used the tub, and scrubbed it real good.
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 12:36 PM

ok the last time i did a water change I took the whole piece of wood out, and used the tub, and scrubbed it real good.


Yep. Gonna take a while.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 12:39 PM

Bleach an boil. Love the bleach method. Gotta take you time with that one though.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 12:39 PM

is it harmful to the fish or water params?
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 01:02 PM

You boil it in bleach water a few times then treat it with prime before it enters the tank. Should have no effect on the fish.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 02:01 PM

That's happened to me before

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 04:17 PM

I meant the algae, is it harmful, or just ugly looking? I might go boil it this weekend, and you guys said a cap full of bleach is more than enough right?
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 04:21 PM

If you do bleach be careful an don't rush it. The bleach method should take about a month to be safe.

Let me rephraise that. A month MINIMUM.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 04:25 PM

oh nevermind on that one...so back to the other option is the algae safe for fish, and water params? Futhermore is there any kind of mold/algae that is harmful to fish, and water params? If so what kind, and what should I be looking for.
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Posted 25 May 2012 - 01:20 AM

Cyano bloom can be .... But it's not a true algae.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 08:39 AM

what does that look like?
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Posted 25 May 2012 - 08:51 AM

Looks like a small case of BBA to me.

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 09:53 AM

whatg is bba?
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Posted 26 May 2012 - 10:45 AM

Black beard algae

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 09:49 AM

is that anything to worry about?
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Posted 29 May 2012 - 02:17 PM

If you have live plants, it can be kind of a nightmare, but if it's just fake plants in driftwood in there, it's basically just an eyesore. Best to get rid of it early before it really takes hold tho.

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 02:43 PM

I assume the only way to take care of it is by cleaning the tank, and scrubbing the driftwood?
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