Killing Blue Green Algae a/k/a Cyanobacteria – SFPT009
Hello! and happy Wednesday to you! I’m Art Pennom is this is your Wednesday ScapeFu Pro Tip.
Today, it’s about ways to knock out the smelliest of all algaes – it’s blue green algae a/k/a cyanobacteria!
Yes my friends, those of you that have been visited by this nasty, slimy type of algae know what I’m talking about. It’s an ugly bugger. Here’s how to get rid of it.
First, as always, you need to make sure you have all of the positive variables correct. Pay particular attention to organics and the resulting low oxygen levels in the aquarium. When was the last time you cleaned out that canister filter? How about vacuumed that gravel? Do you have enough flow in the aquarium? hmm?
Make sure these things are correct and then try the following to murder this smelly nemesis:
- Increase the flow in the areas where you have it. Try it for 1 week. See if that does it.
- Hit it with hydrogen peroxide using a syringe. Give that a couple days to work.
- Water change and vacuum as much of it as you can. Give that a week.
- Erythromycin (Maracyn) treatment. 200 mg/10 gallons.
After all cases, large water changes! Please be careful if you have sensitive fauna in the aquarium.
Try 1-3 above before using the antibiotic. As Diana Walstad tells us in her legenday book, “The home aquarium is an ecosystem; it does not react well to toxins and antibiotics.” Hi, Diana! Hope you’re listening!
Hope this helps those of you dealing with cyano. Let me know if you’ve dealt with this pesky bacteria and how you gave it the ax by leaving a comment in the show notes.
To wrap up, I’m starting a new trend today and closing with a thought on aquascaping for you to reflect on until the next time. And, here it is:
“Every artist was first an amateur.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
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