Tell me this is not Bryopsis...

Discussion in 'Nuisance Algae' started by Gareth0508, 30 Oct 2013.

  1. Gareth0508

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    Im trying to convince myself this is not Bryopsis. Break it to me softly...
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    looks green.

    and soft.
     
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    Take it thats a yes?
     
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    Bryopsis 100%.

    Unfortunately, it has already "spawned" when you start seeing little patches like those on the glass. Best you can do is to immediately remove the rock, & cut/break off the areas where it has started growing. (you gotta do that before it starts growing its roots deeper into the rock,& before it reproduces again)
    Then take a glass scraper,& while holding onto the patch of bryopsis, scrape it off the glass. (PLEASE make sure you take it out completely, as every little piece that floats around will start a new patch where it lands.)
    If there is any piece you cannot get to on the rocks / corners of glass... Get yourself some original pratley putty (the normal white stuff). Mix a small ball, & paste it over the area, making sure you cover it all. (You can remove the putty again after a month or so...)

    Secret is to catch it before it spreads and grows roots.
     
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    Is it on that one rock only? And tank glass?
    Second pic is easy to sort. Use a blade.
     
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    Thanks guys. Just wanted to confirm that it was in fact Bryopsis.
    I've bumped up my Mag to 1600 and been keeping it there for the last 2 weeks.
    Added 3 Turbo's and a few hermits.
    Cut my lights to just Actinics for 3 hours a day.

    Its slowly turning yellow/orange and my snails are chowing through it!
    Glad I spotted it right after my cycle and did what I could to stop it spreading.

    I've been manually removing with a blade and making sure nothing spreads in the tank. While scraping I upped my tank circulation, added a DIY filter box with cotton under my sump inlet pipes and bought a cheap Resun internal filter for JUSTIN.

    So far I have managed to halt it and slowly getting it to die back!
     
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    Yip, just the one rock. Was dry rock that I cured for 2 months. Had almost untraceable phosphates when I added to the tank. Easy to remove.
     
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    The sad and bad news first ... That is Bryopsis.

    Sorry......

    Good news is it looks like it's early stages and you can sort it out fast.

    On the glass is easy, syphon water and scrape it with a blade.

    On the rock is a little tricker but this us what Zi did.

    Switch all flow off and let water settle. Take peroxide vol 20 or even 40 in a syringe or baster. Then gently let it " pour" over the bryopsis.

    You can also try put the rock in a bag and then put rubber bands on the open end to try seal the bag.

    Then inject peroxide into the bag and leave it like that for a few hours or a day.

    Like I said this worked for me and I had massive tufts. It's actually a pretty looking algae but it just is so aggressive!!

    I have heard Aquavitro IONS dosing over three weeks or more has had positive results.

    Just depends how much money or effort you want to put into solving the problem.

    Good luck and let us know how you solve it :)
     
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    Thanks bud. I have been dosing IONS for the past 2 weeks now and keeping my mag above 1600.

    I was going to try the peroxide route but tried something different first. I made a thick kalk paste and stuck it right onto one of the patches. That same patch started browning and a couple days later my snails got hold of it! I'll try the peroxide route if I see any big patches, these are only roughly 8-10mm diameter.
     
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    The only way to completely remove this aggressive algae is to react aggressively against it.
    All the methods mentioned above work. But the only one that that works 100% is to remove the rock! (or at least the affected piece!)
    Trust me. even if you manage to kill it off with other methods, the roots still remain, & once your nutrients increase just slightly, it might grow back & spread quicker than you can say 123...

    Rather loose the cost of one rock, than losing a whole tank (I know... I lost 2x tanks to bryopsis...)
     
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    It will grow back...
     
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    use a uv steriliser to kill any spores in the water when handling and disturbing it
     
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    Thanks Visser, Ill remove the rock and dry it out and cycle it again with some other rock I have.
     
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    Shot Marco. I must come see you again soon, needing a few things. Will give you a cll when Im in the area next.
     
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    But what happens if the Bryopsis is on the substrate?
     
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    imho... switch off u're flow n gently remove with u're fingers... the sand will 'stick' the bottom of the bryopsis.. remove it all from the tank to avoid spreading/outbreak!
     
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    thanks guys and gals .. now i know why i have so much algae in my tank and why no mater how much i try remove manually it seems to grow even more aggressively and now i know i have Bryopsis
     
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    ive been reading for the past hour or so on the topic and i think im gonna try the Mg method while removing as much as i can by hand and also skiming wet to remove any spores that might've been released.. every time this algae would grow on my glass i would just scrape it with a blade and leave it floating in the water thinking it would die off.. big mistake
     
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    im gonna start a thread on my war against the Bryopsis algae tonight and will try update it every day with pictures and magnesium levels... i have so much of this stuff that it will be very easy to see the difference and if the Magnesium method is working or not
     
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    just to add.. the reason the sand sticks to the bryopsis is the roots of the bryopsis are clutching on for dear life! resist the urge to shake the sand off!! if even the tiniest of roots are left behind all u're efforts (and loss of expensive sand) will be for naught!
     
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