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Old 06-06-2019, 06:32 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I've started dosing half of micro for a few weeks and the BBA, I think, is less aggressive these days. I've always wondered about why BBA is so aggressive in hi-tech tanks. It could be all the unnecessary micros that's dosed.
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I have my 10 gallon tank, with a divider, making it 2-5 gallon tanks, almost ready to start experimenting with. But I also expect to move before October, so I will wait until then to start this project. First will be setting up both tanks with everything the same, and demonstrating to myself that they can be expected to grow plants, etc. the same in each one. They will be Walstad style aquariums. Next, I think I will get a bottle of Seachem Flourish Iron, and dose both of them with a tiny amount, dosed at the same time each day, probably after the light is off. A few weeks should be enough to see that both tanks are still acting the same way. Followed by dosing one when the lights are on, and the other when the lights are not on. If Ms Walstad is right about the light making more iron available, I would expect to see differences between the two tanks. In an ideal world, one tank would start growing BBA, but not the other.
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Make sure you test your water pH. If low enough, the iron will be available all the time. Maybe you can artificially bump up the pH so it's not available all the time.
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Good point, and I don't know anything about the water in the area I plan to move to.
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I do get less less aggressive hair algae when i cut back on iron dosing.
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