Today, we are going to be dealing with something that I’ve kind of never actually dealt with before now today. What we’re dealing with is a very common issue for aquariums, like mine. To acquaint with very low flow through them. So very low flow of water through, like the plants and like kind of stuff, also very low co2.
I deal with a bunch of different problems to those other people because when we have aquariums to deal with problems regardless there’s no way to keep fish exactly the way we want to. But there are ways to make this hobby a little bit easier and just to make it like a little bit more enjoyable through those means.
Black Beard Algae
So today we’re going to be dealing with staghorn algae and some Black beard algae, but mainly the staghorn algae. I’ve got quite a lot of that stuff in this bottom aquarium, as you can see down here now. This stuff is very disgusting. Looking it doesn’t really look like algae. It looks more like a bacterial kind of like a hairy thing. A lot of people think that this is like Black beard algae because of the color of it and stuff like that, and because it’s kind of like is hairy, so this stuff is definitely not Black beard algae.
The Black beard algae is more like a fuzzy kind of thing. It sticks to rocks and driftwood and like kind of stuff, and they both result in aquariums having low co2 and low flow. So, in all microbes, I keep the sponge filters now, if you guys want to know why I keep sponge filters, there’s gonna be a video up here that you guys can go and watch and they’ll completely explain all the reasons why I keep them sponge filters. Obviously, are known not to have a lot of power, especially when I run them all, really low air pumps that, like don’t, create a lot of noise and they don’t have a lot of force on them.
So there’s not a lot of water. Getting pushed around my aquarium and both of these kinds of algae are very slow-growing and they also arise because of these issues. So live co2 and low movement in the water. So today I’m not going to try and adjust the movement on the water. I don’t think that that’s going to be necessary because he’s both growing so slow, so they don’t really ever bother me and I’ve never been one to really care about algae. Now I kind of treat algae is like a given. Now it’s pretty much bound to happen.
It’s just whether you want to react to it, and today my algae has gotten wire over the top, so today we’re gonna be trying to mitigate this as much as we can now to make this as easy as possible. I’m really not too sure how it’s gonna work, so I’ve done a lot of research and I’ve come to the conclusion that this is going to be the best thing for me to use. So you don’t have to use. Obviously, this kind of brand – I’m not sponsored by anyone. This is just what I’m gonna try and use, so I’m going to use some flush Excel by sea camp and basically, what this is gonna do is.
This is bioavailable carbon, pretty much gonna try and spray this on all the affected areas in the aquarium with this stuff and I’m pretty much gonna leave it for a couple of weeks and see what happens so. I’m gonna follow all the instructions on this like. I was just dosing the aquarium with this chemical to make the plants grow, and hopefully, this works, so this should be able to combat both the Black beard algae and the stack pointer G.
Let’s go have a look at the aquarium. Here are like all the tanks in the room now most of the planted aquariums are dealing with this problem. Obviously, these two aquariums here don’t have any like plants and stuff like that. So it’s not gonna really matter too much with them, but it’s these two affected aquariums. So the main one down here is this aquarium. So this is the aquarium with all the staghorn algae in it.
So this is my like and look up aquarium, and this aquarium literally has just like a carpet of these micro swords down here and then it also has all of these java ferns of the back. There are all these different kinds, but, as you can see, there is just dense, dense populations of this stuff just in the aquarium, creating a mess. So, basically, as you can see this aquarium down here, it’s in very do need of a trim.
So I’m gonna give it a trim. Today, let me try and make it look as like good neat as possible, and then I’m gonna give it a quick spray, but also thought while we’re at it, but also try and tackle some of this Black beard algae here. So this is formed on my Mopani driftwood, just over the past five months. Being this chrome, so you can see how slow-growing the stuff is. We’re only gonna have to deal with this every now and then because this stuff takes quite a long time to grow.
So it’s not like the green water algae that just goes off and explodes. But if you guys have that issue, you can check out my video up here and just completely explain everything you need to know on how to get rid of green water in your aquarium. I’ve just done some basic trimming on some of the plants in this aquarium. Just to kinda like tie it up and make sure that we know exactly where we’re going to target. So what I’m going to do so, I’m just going to follow the instructions and, according to my maps, I have to use twenty-seven point.
Five mils of this, so I’m gonna, do that, but I’m also gonna try and target the areas using the small pipette and try and best target or the affected spot just by giving a big squirt of the chemicals and we’ll see what happens so. I’m gonna go do that now. We got squirt this stuff around ed, wear it here. There’s another nice little juicy spot back here that my goods, it’s French, and then we’re basically just gonna cover this entire spot down here.
This just give it a really really good spray with it. Okay, now both of the aquariums have just been dosed. Now, obviously, there’s not gonna be any sudden like changes. They’re, both gonna obviously still be like covered in algae, but the method is gonna. Be that every couple of days so not every day, but every couple of days I’m gonna come back and dose both the aquariums until this stuff starts to die and then I’ll start ripping it out. So whether this works or not, I’m honestly not entirely sure.
I’m really crossing my fingers. That does work because then it’s gonna be a really easy fix for all of you guys to do it, but if it doesn’t work, I’m sure that the plants won’t mind having a bit of extra excel it’ll be really interesting to see how the plants react to that because none of these plants in here have ever had fertilizers in the aquarium so we’ll see how this goes in a couple of weeks. Time, which I reckon will take quite a long time for the stuff to die because it takes so long for it to grow and yeah it’ll be really interesting to see this okay.
So it’s been two weeks now and here are our two test subjects. One bottle of cecum excel later, so I haven’t decided to go out and buy another bottle because really to me this doesn’t seem to be a big issue. I was kind of running this as a big test experiment to see whether I could actually eradicate Black beard algae and some of that stock or algae as well. Okay, so here are the pieces of driftwood in the top aquarium with the angelfish in it that were affected by Blackbeard allergy.
Now, as you can see, there is significantly less Black beard algae present on these logs. Now, if you look up to the top here, there’s gonna be quite a lot of that Black beard algae still starting to form and the reason it worked on this log and not on the other piece of wood in the aquarium. It’s because at the start of the video you would have seen me squeezing the chemicals straight onto these pieces of driftwood. Now that absolutely killed it and the fish have been eating it and the bristlenose plecos and like kind of stuff here have been eating the dead, Black beard algae and it killed it completely.
All the parts that weren’t directly sprayed like, as you can see up here, we didn’t really affect it. Now it’s only been about two weeks, so I don’t know if these are gonna continue to further die like they just take a little bit more time. I’M guessing they actually will, because these have started to become more discolored in the past couple of days. So I’m guessing that with a bit more time. These will eventually start to go away and we’ll have no Black beard algae in the tank.
Now my method for this aquarium up here, besides initially spraying those pieces of driftwood the chemicals, was just to add this. Every time I did a water change, which was every three days, so I just did that until I ran out of chemicals to use – and these are the results you’ll get so definitely does work. It’s a really good method for getting rid of some of our black beard algae. Now. This aquarium up here wasn’t really contaminated with any stock or algae, because this aquarium was getting a bit more movement than the other aquarium.
So if we come down to here, you can see a significant difference in the quality of the plants and the amount of algae. That’s present in this aquarium. So if you want to have a look through here, you can see none of that disgusting. Star, corn algae is present anymore and we have a significantly less amount of some of that Black beard Algae, there’s still little clusters of it throughout this big java. Fern jungle there’s definitely a lot less algae present in this fish tank. So the method for this aquarium was the exact same as the one above every three days.
This was getting a water change and I was adding chemicals just to the water. So the only time I sprayed specific parts of the aquarium was, when you guys saw me, do it on that video. So that was the first time I used chemicals to treat this aquarium now. I also think that the acclaim has become a lot more green since we’ve been adding these chemicals, so it was kind of a win-win situation. We eradicated all of the stay on algae that didn’t need to be spot killed. That was just killed by itself and we also got a much healthier group of plants.
So just by adding more carbon to the aquarium, we seemed to kill off these two very stagnant styles of algae. I hope that you guys can learn something from this, because I would’ve really loved to have known this before I was creating these aquariums, because all my aquariums in this room a very, very low co2 aquariums and they have very little movement.
So I wasn’t really willing to boost up the movement, but I was definitely willing to add some chemicals to add a bit more co2 to the water, so that Excel really did the job now it definitely did a way better job of getting rid of some of That staghorn algae than getting rid of the Black eard algae, if you guys, are trying to get rid of that Black beard algae, you definitely need to spot, treat it so everywhere in the aquarium that you have some of that stuff. You just need to give it one squirt and it will literally kill it all.
So basically what happens is it starts to become discolored and then the little fish inside of your aquarium will go around they’ll start to nibble at it and eat it, and it’s really good. So that’s pretty much gonna be the video guys.