I hope you meant dosing it with Excel. If so, then I would spray it with excel full strenth as it worked on my anubias in the past. Some plants it may stunt for awhile, but it did kill the BBA.
Personally I never found Excel to eliminate staghorn. The couple times I've seen it I used an old toothbrush to twirl up as much as I could, severe pruning of all I saw, and watched to make sure of ammonia spikes (pulling up of other plants and stirring up substrate) and kept my CO2 levels good.Great info here.
Although, I've double/triple dosed for 2 weeks now without solving my staghorn algae problem. It's still stuck to the corkscrews and small swords like glue.
I'm about to do some hard pruning and a 30-40% RO water change. Should I continue with the overdosing after the water change?
Hi gooey,just a question, ive been reading almost the whole thread and i think i havent read a post concerning how to use excel with an existing pressurised CO2 set up. anyway i would like to know if i have to dial back the CO2(around 4bps) when i use the excel to nuke the bba in my tank. thanks.
Same here, my Galaxy fish use them in my Walstad tank. It's odd having a tank in which you hardly need to feed them is it?Thank you Seattle_Aquarist and quatermass for your help.
Although I will admit that I don't like the thought that Excel kills off cyclops. I have a lot of them in the tank and that's my betta's live food source. He loves hunting for them.
Again, it's about dosages. I've put in 30ml of 9% into a 200L tank over 24 hours and the community tank of small and large fish have all been fine. No distress at all.As for the peroxide, correct me if I'm wrong but isn't that bad for a fish's gills? I thought it could seriously hurt the gills of a fish.
Of course another course of action (apart from using Hydrogen peroxide) would be to add a fish that eats thread algae like a young Siamese Algae Eater?Yesterday, I took the time to read through this thread to see what other types of experiences people have had with Excel as well as doing a search on the internet and it has made me nervous. I've heard of people who ended up losing plants and fish from just the normal doses!
Call me a chicken s*&t if you want but I think I'm just going to try adding more floating plants to see if they can compete against the algae and I'll save Excel as a last resort. I'm also going to remove the Riccia, which I think is the real reason why some of my stem plants are getting a bit of algae in the first place. Could be wrong though.
Thanks.btw, that is a great looking tank, quatermass! What is that bushy looking green plant in the back corner of the tank to the right of the phone? I like the looks of it.
I had 3 young SAEs once in my 72 gal. They never touched my thread algae. Barely touched my BBA too. Finally got rid of them. What a nightmare catching them was. I'll never do that again.Of course another course of action (apart from using Hydrogen peroxide) would be to add a fish that eats thread algae like a young Siamese Algae Eater?
Where you sure they were SAEs? My 6 SAEs are always eating my BBA.I had 3 young SAEs once in my 72 gal. They never touched my thread algae. Barely touched my BBA too. Finally got rid of them. What a nightmare catching them was. I'll never do that again.