Algal Growth On Wood

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23 May 2016 09:43 #1 by robert (robert carter)
I know this is slightly off topic , I have a large piece of bog wood in my new coldwater tank, I had this is my pond for 3 weeks to get it water logged before the tank arrived during which times is got covered in green algae, I power washed it off before putting it into the tank . now 9 days on the wood is again covered in green algae , so presumable there were algae spores still on the wood after pressure washing. My question is can I remove the wood from the tank spray it with bleech from a spray bottle ,leave it for a while and then give it a very good pressure wash off to remove the bleech , will this kill the algae spores on the wood ?

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23 May 2016 13:20 #2 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
Bleach will kill everything nasty even snails and snail eggs....You have to soak the item in question in a bleach / water solution for a couple of hours...Then rinse the hell out of it until you cant smell the bleach anymore...You only need a small amount of bleach in a bucket of warm water...

Thing is it wont stop the algae coming back again...Once algae spores are present in a tank they will always be present, just waiting for the right conditions and surfaces to grow on...

In fact as far as i know its impossible to not have algae spores present in an aquatic environment....They are naturally present in all water...

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23 May 2016 13:24 #3 by robert (robert carter)
hi , thanks for your reply , I realise that algae is present in every tank ,I was just hoping to slow things down . the bog wood in my tropical tank is in it 8 months now and no sign of any algae growing on it .

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23 May 2016 13:59 #4 by JohnH (John)
Replied by JohnH (John) on topic Algal Growth On Wood
To split the two threads - this topic has rather 'taken over' Nomad's original post.
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23 May 2016 15:09 #5 by Bill (Bill Hunter)
Would boiling help? A prolonged boiling, if practicable, may be better as you don't then have to worry about chemical residue.
Bill

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23 May 2016 15:32 #6 by robert (robert carter)
Would have boiled it but the piece of wood is 3ft long , so a non runner but thanks for the imput

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23 May 2016 15:35 #7 by Bill (Bill Hunter)
My wife has a cauldron you could borrow :whistle:
Just don't tell her I said that lol
Bill

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23 May 2016 15:37 #8 by robert (robert carter)
Thanks Bill but dont want to risk you being homeless on my account :crazy: :crazy:

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23 May 2016 16:53 #9 by Jonlate (Jon Late)
Put it in the dish washer on the hottest setting you have ( of course with no tablet) and give that ago.
Just wait until she goes out and hey presto, she won't be any wiser!!
I have heard of people doing this, but never done it myself. My bits were even to big for the dishwasher.
Or just buy a few algae eaters.

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23 May 2016 20:04 #10 by robert (robert carter)
Dont think it will fit, going to take it out of the tank at the weekend and keep spraying in with a bleech solution for a couple of hours and then give it a really long pressure wash off, before returning it to the tank . Was sort of surprised the koi that are presently in the tank didnt seem interested in it

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24 May 2016 04:53 #11 by Sukahn (Shane Doorley)
Robert, Use Hydrogen Peroxide 3% to use as your dip, as since it only degrades down to Hydrogen gas and water it becomes safe after a while and none harmful in your tank. i had seen it online for cleaning filter socks lol. should work for you.

Since its such a big peice get 12% peroxide and water it 4 water to 1 Peroxide and will give you the 3 %

you can get it in any hairdresser supply shop and you only need the cheap version as they all the same. You can also get medical/food grade peroxide but havent seen anywhere you can get it yet here in ireland

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