Brent 1200x400x600 Iwagumi Scape

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    H2O2 will melt the MC... Trust me I've been there. I would suggest cutting on the lighting period , dosing some macros would be a good idea and try some scape liquid carbon or excel for the BGA.

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    Ok that's a no go lol, I do not want my MC carpet melting. @Clappies, I've got Scape liquid carbon, do you dose like normal in the water? I am running CO2 on the tank. I'll try cutting back on lighting hours too.


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    What i do when i get BGA is switch off my filter, fill a syringe with 2 to 3 ml liquid carbon and dose the BGA area with it. Leave it so 5min and switch the filter back on. 2 days later no more BGA.

    I must add that i dont get alot of BGA, only patches here and there... Not a BGA carpet like in you case lol i also inject CO2... But never use more liquid carbon than what is recommended for my tank size.

    Hope it helps...

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    I have found my new bolbitis growth has no BBA on, however the older parts from when I got it had a lot of BBA already
     
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    @Clappies yes that helps a lot, So you don't drain your tank right down hey? Leave it filled, just applying the liquid carbon with a syringe directly onto the affected areas, which in my case is a whole section. This is the first time dealing with this much BGA. I'll try it and check the results. I have been doing the frequent water changes weekly. Going to get some NPK soon and start dosing the correct macros. I think my plants should do much better in the next few weeks after adding the correct macros it needs.
     
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    Yes... I dont drain the tank. Cool let me know what the results are

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    They should! Good luck :)
     
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    So I injected liquid carbon with a syringe and needle attached under the blanket of BGA, in different sections, and this morning something interesting I saw, the BGA in those spots turned blue in colour

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    And on its way is my Scape NPK that I ordered yesterday.


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    Hi guys, an update on my BGA in my tank, the liquid CO2 worked like a bomb, it killed off the BGA in the most affected area, done a cleanup and maintenance tonight and sucked all the BGA right up, once it turned blue and died it's grip on the plants wasn't so tight and I could suck it off with a pipe. Here's a before and after pic

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    I've also started dosing Scape NPK so I'm keen to see the difference this makes with my plants.

    Thanks @Clappies for the advice


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    You may or may not know this, but just to avoid confusion. The liquid in the bottle of the product you used is not carbon or CO2. It is an aqueous solution of glutaraldehyde. A disinfectant, which is what did a number on the cyanobacteria.

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    Ahhh I see, I did not know that @R.C.
     
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    You are forgiven, considering the somewhat misleading labeling (not singling out a specific brand here). We as hobbyists (myself included) are partly to blame here too. Much more convenient to just call it "liquid carbon" than have to explain the product. If you'd like to educate yourself further though, then have a look at the third link in my signature below.

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    I was actually wondering how the solution of glutaraldehyde helps stimulate plant growth. I suppose that Third link will explain it? Definitely will have a look at it.
     
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    Very interesting read @R.C.
     
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    So basically it's not actually very good for growth?

    Weirdly I'm getting good growth with it...
     
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    The same with my low tech tank when it was up @Hendre, I got some good growth with it. They do say you have to experiment with longer periods of using it though.
     
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    Update: it’s been a week since dosing NPK in my tank and I can already see new growth on the S.Repens and MC, excited to see them growing out

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    Hi guys, so it’s been about a month since my last update, here is the latest pic of my Scape, I’ll be adding another soon after my plants from Better Weather arrives. I’ve removed the dwarf hair grass from the back right corner, planning to add some Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea' in the back and some Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini' for a splash of colour. Update will come again once that is planted.

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    Very cool! Is there a waiting list for MC cuttings?
     
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    @Hendre, thanks. No waiting list at the moment but I'll keep you in mind when I have some more again.
     

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