Bryopsis - options?

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  1. rakabos

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    Hi all

    So I have been having a problem with bryopsis. From what I have read the way to combat it is to get Magnesium up to over 1500. I am using a Salifert test kit and have been dosing Epsom salts for 2 weeks now. Magnesium is sitting at 1450. How long must it stay this high? Im worried that the birdsnest has been losong color since I started dosing, and may be bleaching...

    Ive also read Kent Tech M is the way to go, but havent been able to find any.

    So advice on bryopsis?
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    This junk has started in my nano as well recently. :( I've been doing loads of reading on other forums to see if there were any new methods for removal, but it would seem, like you said, that Kent Tech M is pretty much the only viable option.
     
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    If i can just find some !
     
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    mate of mine had it, he scrubbed his rocks clean ensuring that all traces were removed and then went onto vodka dosing with regular water changes, that done the job for him
     
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    Not an option for me, small patches everywhere and even on the back glass...
     
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    yee gods than its tough luck man, he took out every single rock and scrubbed and srcubbed rocks looked clean and fresh once he was done and then the lns sorted them out.
    I would suggest that you try epsom salts and see how that works out?
     
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    The tanks livestock? And filtration along with maintenance regime please?
     
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    Also water parameters?
     
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    increasing the mg to high enough levels to kill the devils grass will surely hurt the sps
     
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    Yeah thats what i think, but i cant see any other options. I can see why people throw in the towl as a result of this
     
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    I had bryopsis on my liverock for about 2 months. It really spread like wildfire from on rock to another. I know there a few trusted and tried ways and "muti" one can add to the tank but I decided to go "manual". I actually plucked them off every single rock they were trying to take hold on to. (had to do it daily for 2 months). The important thing to remember is if you pull them off is to do it real slow in order to remove the roots as well and to remove it from the tank. The smallest thread with a root on will take hold somewhere else.
    Also upped my waterchange routine from 20% every 2 weeks to 15% every week. And touch wood, my briopsis lost the battle. No more briopsis.:thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    I would look at treating the cause and not the symptom. Have you measured your PO4, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate etc?
     
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    Thx for the feedback all. I was manually removing what i could i already but its tough, like Helga says u need to get the roots and they are hard to get to. Ive tried scraping/syphoning when doing water changes. I will increase the cycle of water changes.

    I have only tested for ammonia (0), Mg (1450), Ph (8.1), salinity (1.025).

    Apart from that I run 2 reactors. One has PO4 remover in (Orca brand). The other runs carbon and purigen. I also have a filter sock. Skimmer is a Reef Octopus 160X.

    I have been running Prodibio for 4 months...
     
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    You need to test your nitrate and nitrite. Theres a reason why the algae has started to grow - rather find out why and starve it than try and treat it directly
     
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    Well i am sure it is not zero. I have tried the prodibio route and that doesnt seem to work for me. I have a 1 yr old sump now with some macro algae. Roughly 70kg live rock.
     
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    i had to run a PO4 Reactor, mg @ 1600 and dosed special blend and i won the war
     
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    So i have been dosing Brightwell magnesion and keeping Mg at 1500 and the results have been nothing short of spectacular. Bryopsis go bye bye.
     
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    Hey Martin

    Pls can you advise - seems like I have a bout of bryopsis!!! :(

    Does the elevated levels of mg damage/hurt the inhabitants of the tank?

    I dont have all the test kits as yet - so its hard for me to get the parameters...
     
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    Pic of your prob please
     
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