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Re: Blue-Green Algae
Robert_Perelman at appliedcard_com wrote:
> I was reading somewhere that 'MYOCIN' (probably misspelled) is a good
> remedy for blue-green algae. Does anyone know what the correct dosages are
> and also do I use regular stuff or MYOCIN + ? Will it harm my plants or
> any fishes or shrimp ?
While *Cyanobacter* is easily killed by antibiotics, the use of meds is
usually a bad idea. The possibility of underdosing and creating an immune
strain of other pathogens is just too great. Dumping that much dead biomass
into a tank has real potential for mischief, too.
Most of the folks on the Aquatic Plants Digest seem to have come to the
conclusion that mechanical removal (hand, vacuum, etc.) combined with
corrected water management is every bit as effective and far less likely to
have bad consequences, later.
Clean up the tank, and do some major water changes. It often goes away. Add
some fast-growing plants and a bit of light, to soak up the remaining excess
nutrients. Feed the fish lightly for a few days.
As Oleg says: "There's no such thing as too many water changes!"
I'll add that "There's no such thing as a healthy tank with no blue-green
The trick is to keep the water clean enough that it is never visible. It
should take a microscope to find any in a clean tank.
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