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Re: [APD] BGA in a semi planted tank

Thanks, Tom!

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Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2006 21:18:30 -0800 (PST)
From: Thomas Barr <tcbiii at yahoo_com>
Subject: Re: [APD] BGA in  a semi planted tank
To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com

For BGA in  anon planted, or semi planted tank, the filter needs cleaned.
  Then you can vac any and every bit you can find.
  Clean the back walls, under rocks etc.
  Then do a larger than normal water change, blackout, then add the KNO3.
  Peace lilies, and ferns will use some NO3 etc.
  You need less, maybe 1/4 of the dosing I suggest typically, but you need to
add a little KNO3 once a week.
  Small tanks and ferns will benefit from Excel every so often(add a fair
amount(2-3x the recs for everyother day) for 1-2 weeks.
  That and cleaning things routinely should keep it away.
  You can run leaner with fewer plants, but if you see any BGA, do a water
change anbd clean good first.........
  Blackouts are for persistent, larger scale issues.
  Smaller issues you should be able to do water changes and cleaning to remove
it and any leftover tend to die back. I've done this minor issue treatment for
many years.
  You can typical fluff out the BGA that gets into the growing vegetative cones
of stem plants and also trim them back some so they are not in a stagnat area
near the surface etc.
  Tom Barr
  www.BarrReport.com  Powerpoint presentations for methods on how to grow plants!
  "I realize the topic was covered right before I asked my question on BGA, but
my tank isn't really a planted tank.

It has a biga$$ Java Fern, and a few Hygro. polysperma (which are on their
way out). Otherwise the tank is filtered with an internal canister with
only bio media, and an HOB with a Peace Lily.
I think if I add KNO3, as was suggested, it'll be sucked up immediately by
the Peace Lily.

The tank is an African Cichlid breeding tank, so I want to keep 'waste' as
low as possible - hence, the Peace Lily.

Is there something else I can do besides the KNO3/blackout (I'll do the
blackout regardless).

Jason M. "

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