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Old 01-28-2011, 07:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone know how to get rid of Black Beard Algae. It is ruining my planted tank
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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thanx for the link but what is Fluorish Excel
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flourish excel is a glut dilution made by seachem which provides food for the bacteria who use it and produce co2. in a simpler sense, its an algaecide and carbon source. you can buy a bottle or make your own. please post your water params. you'll be surprised how important good water testing kits are. essential for algae fighters too. i'm suspecting too little vacuuming, not enough co2, other nutrient imbalances.
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I'm suspecting too little vacuuming, not enough co2, other nutrient imbalances. You hit that on the head.

How do I make my own Fluorish Excel please. I was hoping there was some type of fish or shrimp that would eat it
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Siamese Algae Eaters will eat it but most people here have a love/hate relationship with them. I like them myself.
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Siamese Algae Eaters will eat it but most people here have a love/hate relationship with them. I like them myself.

Please explain why and will they bother my shrimp or my livebeares
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no- they shouldn't. By the way, people call them SAEs so search for that if you want to find more info.
Pros:
Only fish that eats BBA!
Cool fish with a personality
Cons:
Supposedly only eats BBA when it's small
Very hard to catch, sometimes jumps
Can be hard to identify a true SAE if you don't know what you are looking for (there are articles online- try thekrib.com) and can be misnamed and confused with other undesirable fish
Can be hard to find a supplier
Happiest in a group, although mine is fine alone

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thanx for the info
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you can also spot treat with hydrogen peroxide, but read up on that.
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