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Old 03-22-2006, 01:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know that there's a dip in a solution that you cna use to get rid of algae that's growing on anubias, but I cant' remember what you're supposed to use, and the concentration, and for how long? I think it's a 1 in 10 part solution of bleach and water..... anybody have experience with this?
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Old 03-22-2006, 02:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I used a 1 : 19 bleach: water solution on my anubias. I left them in for about 3 minutes and it killed off all the algae. All of the anubias weren't even slowed down at all, except one which already had a rhizome rot problem. That one finally succumbed.

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I've had variable luck with the bleach dip thing. I did learn that its a very bad idea for rotala wallachi . My anubias nana did fine with the 3 minute dip but the very firm, old green spot stuff never truly went away. Thread algae and BGA are very easily killed in comparison. I finally gave in to some advice I got here and just clipped off the bad leaves. After a few days it started sending up tons of new ones. They a long time to fill in, but the new growth looks much better and I'm finally not frustrated with the plant anymore.

I've heard that nerite snails are great at leaving the leaves crystal clear, but I've never tried it myself.
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nerite snails are the way to go. These snails are great!!!
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One CHemical thing you may want to try...

I had that problem in my 25 gal a while back. Went to the LFS & picked up a bottle of Aquarium Pharmaceuticals "Algae-Fix" and treated the tank per the directions on the bottle.

it was about a week and the Anubias was green as green could be with no uprooting or after effects.

It also works well for a weekly treatment after everything is cleared up.


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I tried AlgaeFix in my tanks as well at one point. While it does work fairly well at killing certain types of algaes, it was never successful at removing the green spot and other hard algaes that live on anubias. It might help prevent infestations, but I'm not sure about that.

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I've used Tetra Algae Control in my tank for GW and it worked a charm, but I've tried it again since then to control a little burst of algae and it turned the water cloudy!

I'll try the bleach dip before I clip leaves off, I have a very large rhizome with a lot of leaves that have a lot of algae on...
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nerite snails are the way to go. These snails are great!!!

Have to agree with this!
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I recommend strongly against using 'algae fix' or any other chemical to rid yourself of algae in a planted tank. It can/will adversely affect plants and is not necessary.
Proper balance of nutrients/light/plants is the way to minimize algae.
Anubia is a noted algae catcher because of the large size of it's leaf. I have had to bleach dip them occasionally. A 19:1 bleach/water dip will generally clean them up nicely.
I grow mine on bogwood and when they need a cleaning just pull the entire mass of plants, wood and all out of the tank and dip in the above solution for 2 mins., rinse in the sink and quickly into a fresh water bucket treated with tap water conditioner. I use the conditioner at 3 or 4 times the usual strength.
Be sure and dip your hands into the conditioner bucket too as they will have traces of bleach on them as well and you don't want that in your tank.
For some reason my Anubia always put on a growth spurt after being dipped.
I attribute that to more surface of the leaves being available to the light.

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nerite snails are the way to go. These snails are great!!!
I have to agree as well. I put a few in a 20 gallon because I didn't want to cut all those leaves. In about a week they cleared the algae and the leaves look great once again.
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