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Algae story (fairy tale???)

Hi All,

I find this VERY hard to believe. This is the third or the fourth time I've
posted something Black Brush Algae related and up to now I haven't got a
satisfying answer yet for the question below.

If the story below were true , can somebody please explain to me why I've
got BBA on ons side of my 30 gallon tank and not on the other(not one single
strand). I have several rocks in there. All but 2 are covered in the stuff.
You will have a hard time convincing me that balanced conditions exist in
one side of my tank and not in the  other; (the uncovered rocks ar near to
the covered side). I've got the tank for about 2 years now, and have tried
with and without CO2, frequent water changes/less frequent, fertiizing
heavily/not at all. All this leaves the BBA unimpressed.My platys tug at the
stuff all the time, but this does not help either.

I'm no expert , but the only sensible thing I've read so far (not on this
list) is that BBA came with Crypts from the East, and you've either got it
or you haven't. SAE's might be able to keep it under control, but I will
only be able to try that in my next thank, as this one is being permanenly
overstocked by my Platies. I've been lurking on this list and a German one
for nearly two years now and reading several magazines. I have yet to see a
reproducable method to get rid of BBA. If there were, you could probably get
rich selling it.

as a last note: if all it takes is a balanced tank then why did the Goldfish
tank have BBA. Surely your goldfish have just as much rights to a balanced
tank as your other fish? FWIW I think in this case the (sudden?) temp
difference is what killed the stuff, plus the fact that SAE (or others) can
"prevent" an outbreak (when hungry enough), but will not clean up a BBA
infested tank.

Wim Hanssens

>Like Olga, I have introduced plants into my tanks on numerous occasions
>with algae on them.  Some from other hobbyists tanks, sometimes from the
>wild.  The algae dies off quickly, without any radical intervention.  As
>Olga and Roxanne have both said, patience and good horticultural practices
>are "all" that is necessary.  The knowledge to keep the system properly
>balanced comes with time and experience.  Hopefully, patience is learned
>with time and experience too, but not always ;-)
>>On the weekend I removed a large Anubias from my goldfish tank.