You are correct in that the mix can’t be stored. We kept forgetting to change the water. Use a syringe or a spray bottle. basically everything common to a planted tank setup. This is my 2 cents! The Black Beard Algae is gone! I would advise not to dip the moss ball since its pretty much bunched up algae. I then began to add back prime treated fresh water. Apply hydrogen peroxide to the algae. 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. I feel like a slave to my planted aquarium. 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. Robert, you need to use the "1-2-punch" method. Did you do a large water change after the algae was dead before adding your livestock back into the tank? They were starting to mature nicely, especially some of the more expensive and hard-to-get species like our Cameroon Moss. There were a few leaves I intentionally did not spot treat with either the peroxide or excel. I used to read the Barr Report every night, and I fully agree with Tom Barr’s research. We worried that we might lose our mosses. After another 5 minutes (15 after beginning the spot treatment and 10 at “full strength” I began the water change. 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. You can read about it in the  article I wrote right after the treatment. I've used this treatment many times over the course of the last year. But in a whole tank treatment, it's far more dilute. Some amount of time is allowed to elapse, a half hour or so. Posting your own video would be a great idea, Ben! No improvement. 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 . Good Luck! I do believe that with EI dosing, we would be less likely to have any algae issues (hair, dust, diatoms, etc. Does peroxide kill coral? Treating Algae in an Aquarium with Hydrogen Peroxide. I left my canister filter on the whole time. Name Email Message. I like to use a paint brush that is “almost” dripping. We also purchased a new family of Chile Red Rasboras. 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. In my experience, CO2 is the most important nutrient, and combined with a quality substrate under a quality light spectrum, we are rarely disappointed. Thanks for the comment Wendy, it’s good to know we’re not the only one to make that mistake. Member. 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. 55 GAL, heavily planted, CO2 injected tropical fresh. had some laves almost completely covered in BBA. Less hardy algae may be effectively killed by this alone, especially if flow was good. You can read the full disclosure here. I've read that people have used 2 ml per gallon with no ill effects, but I'm nervous about going that high. Return the tank to its normal configuration, including replacing filter media if it was removed. 3 mins; Java fern? Repeat steps 2-3 for 3 more plugs of Zoas. 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. The video instructed to liberally douse everything in the aquarium, plants, rocks, wood, etc. We documented the process on video and need to post it on YouTube to show everyone what not to do when applying this treatment. You can add algae eaters to the tank. So you have a high tech (lights & pressurized CO2) tank setup and you only dosing Flourish ? I have gotten BBA on both low-tech, and high-tech tanks. 55 gallon and it is stocked yes. After soaking, rinse everything thoroughly in freshwater. 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. They say Siamese Algae eaters love the stuff. This may be a bit conservative, but was a best guess and a round number. As shown in the picture below, the Black Beard Algae would turn gray and die off in spots, but I couldn’t keep up. But all of our Chili Rasboras were huddled at the top of the water in one corner of the tank. Thanks for reading Susan, we are happy that this information was useful. Get yourself a spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide, when you do your water change in your tank, spray a medium amount of HP wherever the Black beard algae is. We documented the process with video and photos along the way, and have created a step by step guide showing the process we used to remove black beard algae. Off-topic but related. Don't subscribe It was about 5 minutes from the time I began spot treating to the time I poured the remainder in the tank. And that is the one thing we don't want the H2O2 reacting with! This method is often used for fungi treatment on new seeds right before their germination. But this treatment can burn them badly, especially on sides exposed to direct flow. Dip them in Excel or another glut solution. For a while, my 10 gallon high-tech tank has been having a bit of BBA on the wood and rocks. And with flow restored, the H2O2 is at last starting to have some effect on the algae. 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). 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. I wanted to see if it grew or spread after adding the CO2. The effect of any chemical is determined by: Concentration * Flow * Time. It's a ratio of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 150 parts water. I plan on adding more plants as I think with the added CO2 and increased ferts, there were not enough plants to pull enough nutrients out of the water, giving the BBA th extra nutrients. Pretty unmistakable, right? 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. Russell Whitmyer on Aug 17, 2020 Leave a Comment. I had the tank back to capacity at about 45 minutes. Before long, the little black dots started sprouting into tufts of what looked little black bushes. I put in the Blackbeard treatment from a bottle I bought from the … My set up is for R.H. Tapajos, Columbian tetras and orange laser corys. Below is what I did. As I said before, Concentration * Flow * Time. We do weekly water changes, and with a heavily planted tank, it is important to vacuum all the tight areas. If you have Marimo balls, temporarily remove them to a bucket of tank water as well. Hydrogen Peroxide eventually breaks down into just water so no need to worry about it harming your fish or plants. Does the bleach dip work for black beard algae? On one of my low-tech tanks, mulm was building up on the substrate. When I stopped using co2 there is nowhere BBA to be found. 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. 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. I wanted to see how these areas reacted with just the general treatment. Dip all of the affected decor in Hydrogen Peroxide This can be done with a regular over the counter peroxide (3%). BBA isn't affected much by light intensity as I have it growing at all levels from the substrate to the surface. Anyone here have any knowledge? But when using this all out method, you MUST remove the livestock. It looked like cotton in our mosses. Required fields are marked *. I used a dip method 1. 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. Otocinclus, Amano Shrimp, and Nerite Snails won't eat BBA. Nothing really worked and the BBA was still spreading everywhere killing my beautiful plants. We fought with it for months before we went to this extreme, and by this time it was everywhere! And I mean everything that I've read on all forums and others. 2. If we had continuous setbacks, I would definitely have to do more homework on EI dosing. 1. WARNING! I felt instant remorse afterward because of how our scape looked. Hydrogen Peroxide Dip Ratio And Time. Your plants may take a hit though... Jun 8, 2017 #3 Ken Ooi Active Member. We have learned a lot since then. If you were already using Excel overdoses, continue using the previous dose. 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. The process we used to remove black beard algae We used a 50/50 mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide and Seachem Flourish Excel. Make sure to submerge the plants in the solution for no more than 5 minutes! We purchased a Mr. Aqua 12 Long rimless aquarium last year and carefully planned the scape for months before finally setting it up. 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. In this case, we reached out to the pros, World Wide Corals, to get some advice. I turn off filtration and let the water settle. Although it does stop staghorn algae fairly well. The full concentration of H2O2 has been flowing through their gills for a half hour, completely without reason since this time did nothing to kill the algae. He outgrew my tank and I took him to the fish store and now that he's gone, the BBA is growing on my driftwood again. 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. Hydrogen peroxide dip? Member. At the time I thought we’d made a huge mistake. The algae was almost completely gone from the rest of the tank. So it’s best to purchase smaller bottles. We mix it in a small medicine cup and use a syringe to apply it to the algae. Treat the Tank With H 2 O 2 Daily, double-dosing of Excel doesn't keep BBA at bay. Bleach:water 1:19 Dechlored water or tap water? This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission. We also noticed that there were fewer shrimp in the tank. I am still not quite clear what’s stopped the BBA. We could see that the treatment had an adverse affect on the algae. Only a few spots remained. I then wait 15 to 20 minutes before adding water back to the tank. If you have seen his personal tanks, he has very lush (and controlled) setups, and is very well studied in biology. Your email address will not be published. Your email address will not be published. But the truth is, most people perform this treatment completely wrong. I started a new set up using pond dirt a substrate, fertilizers under the substrate so the plants feed through the roots. I decided I needed to look into the peroxide method and found this thread. Jun 8, 2017 #2 Fahn Fishlore VIP. I have two methods for spot treating. 2 external filter well equipped 1 solely with bio media and the other only with mechanical media. I just dosed my tank 4 hours ago. The video did not show the process taking place, so we didn’t know exactly how much to apply. The algae turned purplish for day or so and continued to grow. There are several methods for removing black beard algae. Right away? Are you struggling to remove black beard algae (BBA) from your planted aquarium? And will diffuse into water and oxygen after 24 hours. Do not let the roots touch the solution, or it will kill the plant. 3. Plus, since most of my plants are swords, I think a lot of the ferts in the water column were going unused. 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. My wife has decided that she likes the Malaysian driftwood better than the original wood. Light has no effect on the H2O2, only your ability to see what's going on. I wish that video had been more specific. He said that when he returned home, the Black Beard Algae was gone and his fish were fine. :'(. So, I’m going to try dosing with Excel first and reducing my lights to 8 hours from 10. And they will continue to be exposed to gradually lessening concentrations, further increasing the stress, as the filter slowly removes it. Boil it away with a heat treatment. etc. Member. No further large doses are necessary in this case. per 10G, down from 4 tbsp. When we were finally ready to take the wood out, it had all kinds funky stuff clinging to it. To get rid of the black beard algae in your aquarium for good you should: Dip all of the affected decor in Hydrogen Peroxide. 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. After fighting with this algae for several months, we were considering just tearing down the scape and starting over. Now add 3% H2O2, at a dosage of 4 tbsp. 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. Beautiful tank! 3 mins; How much declor … So sorry for your loss. Yes, it works, I've used it, and it's certainly easier than my method. Also, you might want to comment on that video we saw to warn people about the devastation that could happen. This treatment seems especially hit-and-miss with shrimp, so for them, I do not recommend this treatment AT ALL - unless you consider them expendable. Nice green algae is growing where it should, water crystal clear, all the plants and stone are clean. Removal of Black Beard algae with hydrogen peroxyde - YouTube Best for Algae - Hydrogen Peroxide. Ferts: Our dosing regimen consists of 1 ml of Seachem Flourish Comprehensive once a week (after water change). HYDROGEN PEROXIDE. If I had to do it again, I would move my fish to another tank before I dosed the affected tank. Otherwise, this is optional but still beneficial. Already, one mistake has potentially been made, and a path paved to another. My method: I decided I have about 50g of water in my 65g tank. Every week when I do a water change and the water level is low I spray everything. For excel use the dosage amounts on the bottle… then do a 50/50 solution of whichever calls for the smallest volume…. I used exclusively plats in vitro so I watched them grow. The only success I've had is with hydrogen peroxide particularly when I use it for spot treatments. I feel your pain. By Marios Alexandrou on August 8, 2018. Anyway, we scrubbed the wood and set up the tank. So instead, high flow is required to carry it around the tank, to contact the algae and have some positive effect. Better to be safe than sorry when it comes to dosing the amount of hydrogen peroxide for the first time. Thanks for your reply. It will start to kill it almost immidiately and you will notice a difference within 24-48 hours. There is no algae that causes me more grief than black beard algae aka BBA. It does a good job with algae and parasites. I recently set up a freshwater DSB tank which is about 50% planted with swords and crypts. 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. Last night I noticed that three reddish swords (maybe red Rubin?) Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Until then, I plan on scaling back the CO2 and ferts. 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. Most of it had turned gray. I’ve been digging around for more information, and many do agree that high organics lead to BBA. 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. 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. So we went crazy and sprayed everything in amounts equal to our disgust with this algae. Mix 25ml of 6% Hydrogen Peroxide (pictured) with 75ml of tank water in a small container, deep enough to cover your zoa plug. As one example, our Alternanthera reineckii was lush and red with and without overdosing fertilizers in our tank. Yes, that's double what's typically used; as explained previously we can use a higher concentration. We scooped the fish out with one catch and put them in another aquarium, hoping that it was not too late. I hate even looking at it anymore. Algae builds up some tolerance to Excel, similar to sensitive plants like Vals. So far I've managed to kill the BBA (it turns pink), but the verdict isn't in on whether I'm significantly damaging the plant leaves. Hopefully, the BBA goes away soon, and I have been spraying a bit of Hydrogen Peroxide. We did not add fish until all the BBA was gone. If there are any underlying problems that caused the algae outbreak in the first place, correct them so your tank stays algae-free. If this is done, the increase in safety is actually enough that concentration can be increased. My wife and I, on the other hand, have 5 aquascapes and work full time. I will post the results in a week or two. As a basis for this treatment, we use the 3% solution for the Söchting Oxydator. The enjoyment of this hobby is gone. While we bombed the tank, the fish and shrimp were swimming around frantically. I have always suspected that having too many organics are the cause of black beard algae. 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. We decided to remove the piece of driftwood that was our centerpiece. We felt that to remove black beard algae completely, the driftwood had to go. If you have particular trouble spots, try to ensure they get direct flow during part of the treatment. All plants in my aquarium grow well, but I wasn’t able to see the dying leaves. They can tolerate extremely long blackouts without harm, unlike other algae. Bombing a tank with large amounts of H2O2 and Seachem Flourish Excel is dangerous to the animals. I don’t know if this was needed, but I did it just in case. The most important thing is to not allow hydrogen peroxide to contact any corals or life that is not algae. I also replaced the liquid in my drop checker. Still trying to decide if I should get another little one or treat the driftwood with a Hydrogen Peroxide dip. Even if you don't try this, you may still find some of it informative. I spot treated with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) during water changes. Reduce phosphate (PO4) in the water. How big is your tank and did you have any fish in it? There were a few small spots I missed, but decided to leave there as a “controll group”. We had tried so many different methods of removal, and the amount of BBA in the tank was so extreme that we were desperate. The “amount” that you should have used is equal to the dosage amount for the tank. BBA bloomed. 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. The slowly add Hydrogen Peroxide until you start to see bubbles forming. 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! A lot of sources claim that increasing Co2 helps against BBA, but that has never worked for me. Regardless of the approach I use about 1 ml of hydrogen peroxide per 2 gallons of water. I think the beginning of our Black Beard Algae problem started with the piece of driftwood that we used as the focal point. 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. Thanks again for sharing. So, let's know what are the most effective ways to battle the Black Beard algae. Then I use a syringe to squirt Excel onto the BBA under the water. 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. Hydrogen peroxide can only be used to get rid of algae on zoas and other softies. Tap How long to dip: Java moss? Typically, the first thing done is to turn off the filters and lights. First, prepare the tank. Great blog. RyanD. During this time, redirect flow a few times if possible, to make sure all areas get covered. Not only does it make you susceptible to BBA, but other algae and parasites as well. I'm glad they worked for you. If the link above doesn't work, here is a full description: Like any ... how do you treat aquarium plants with hydrogen peroxide? I've tried everything in the book to get ride of BBA from my tank but nothing works. hydrogen peroxide saves the day! 3% H202 Hydrogen peroxide can be bought online or at many chemists or supermarkets and it’s an inexpensive solution. You can get hydrogen peroxide (3%) from the local stores near you and use it to remove BBA from your tank. We had problems with hair algae for a couple of weeks, but nothing we couldn’t eliminate. 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…. 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. Time to say goodbye, black beard algae! Not any that I bought. We trimmed away infected plants and scraped the hardscape. The algae should turn red, then greyish white, meaning it has died. 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 use straight 3% H2O2 dip for 5 minutes or a <1.5% mixture for 15-30 minutes. BBA primarily grows on my driftwood, but it also shows up on the top of the leaves of vallisneria and on slow-growing plants. Hydrocotyle leucocephala “Brazilian Pennywort”, Micranthemum Monte Carlo – Planting the Right Amount, CO2 in the Planted Aquarium – A Necessary Luxury. We turned down the light, cut back on the hours of lighting, and cranked up the CO2. Something more effective/safe? 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. Lyndon on Sep 25, 2020 Yes, hydrogen peroxide can also be used: 2-3 ml to 1 gallon of water. At the moment I'm able to limit the BBA growth with hydrogen peroxide, but if things get worse I may consider these other approaches: I finally wiped my black algae out by adding 1/4 tsp of Hydrogen peroxide daily for two weeks. After hours of reading articles and posts in forums like the Barr Report, UKAPS, etc., we started the battle. 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. 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. This looked promising! Because the amount is small, I need to dose multiple times to hit all of the areas in the tank that have BBA. Alternatively, you could use an eye dropper or cue tip to apply the H202. To answer your questions: 1. Thank you for the feedback, Dale. What you will need to do is to soak any affected decor or aquarium plants suspected of having the algae for about 3 minutes in undiluted 3% H2O2. In fact, the answers are often conflicting citing variables like flow, nutrients, lights, CO2 i.e. This worked and nothing suffered from it. 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. I know it is unorthodox in aquascaping to not use an EI dosing method while running a high tech tank. 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. I then used a syringe to spot treat the worst areas with the mix. I'm using Phosguard by Seachem now for the past 2 weeks. It even kills potential vermin, such as zoanthid-eating spiders! This is the next mistake. Whole tank H2O2 treatments don't get much attention. 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 don't think you have too many plants seems like they have room to swim. Now, I can tell you this method worked, but we did make some costly mistakes in the process. Only through many more tests in a wide variety of tanks can that be established. Once done, I poured the remaining mix into the tank. We still use a 50/50 mix of Excel and H202, but these days we spot treat BEFORE the BBA gets out of hand. In some cases, a thorough algae removal like this is enough to improve plant health to the point where algae will not return. Do a 50% water change, or more if you know it's well tolerated. Messages 355. Livestock: At the moment we have 15 Chili Red Rasboras (Boraras brigittae) and half a zillion Red Cherry Shrimp (Neocaridina sp.). oldsalt777. They were swimming around and checking out the algae, but they were all dead 2 hours later. I can concluded that removing co2, 50% weekly water changes and air pump at nights are a key factor eliminating BBA. Obviously that was not enough. How long do you wait between the First Punch of H2O2 and the Second Punch of EXCEL treatment? I use both Excel and H202 to treat algae when necessary (i also keep plants,shrimp,snails and fish in those tanks). She says it has more character. Freshwater Scuds: The Ultimate Algae Eaters? Any other suggestions? I had gone a long time without trimming my java fern. While in all cases no adverse effects were observed, I cannot guarantee it to be 100% safe. Member. If needed, we were going to continue to spot treat with Excel and H2O2 until the BBA was eradicated. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe alternative to harsher chemicals. I've researched and read many opinions on what causes BBA, but I've yet to find a clear answer. SOS doesn't behave quite according to the rules. It was originally developed to deal with what I call my SOS, "Staghorn On Steroids", as featured in my signature. The H2O2 is added. We still have bouts of algae here and there, but tend to them quickly to eliminate it. #4. nyleve. Thanks for the info! 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. Use of Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) Bath. I should have known right away they were suffering. Thank you. 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 tried this “1-2-punch” this morning. Peroxide is the most effective way to clean and protect your zoas, and it keeps rapidly-growing algae at bay. Dec 18, 2019. I hope that by sharing our experience, you can learn from our mistakes. Flying Foxes eat BBA. 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