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02 Feb 2016 17:54 #1 by robert (robert carter)
have a bit of black algae in my tank ,rather unsighty , just done my weekly water change ,added some phosphate remover into my e1501 ,reduced the lighting to 6 hours ,and will reduce the feeding . I also added some esha protalon 707 anti algae treatment ,this is a 7 day treatment ,has anyone used this product ,and if so how did you find it ?

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05 Feb 2016 19:13 #2 by robert (robert carter)
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just a update on day three of this product and boy is it working , a very noticeably reduction in black algea on both the hardscape ,bogwood and plants .4 days to complete the treatment .

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05 Feb 2016 23:10 #3 by nomad (pat murphy)
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That's great news Robert that your onto the solution to your problem,there was an aquatic shop in dub city that I went into and every tank had masses of BBA.Needless to say I came out of the shop with the same amount of dosh I went in with even though they had a couple of species of fish I was looking for that I hadn't seen in the market for a while ....

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06 Feb 2016 10:21 - 06 Feb 2016 10:23 #4 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
Im gonna apologize for being a know it all in advance here....

Using chemicals to eradicate problems like Ammonia spikes, PH issues, Algae issues etc is the eqvialent of picking at a healing scab...Its basically just masking the problem...

I think Robert that you may just find when you stop using the treatment the problem will return...

You really need to get to the underlying reasons for any aquarium issues to solve them permanently...

9 times out of 10 the issue is with the water!

In my honest opinion the only chemical thats needed for a healthy aquarium is dechlorinator to treat your water at water change time......Dumping chemicals into a freshwater tropical tank is just money down the drain as far as im concerned...

I will say this though...Planted tanks require Ferts and Co2...So if you class them as chemicals well then they are the only ones I would ever use!
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06 Feb 2016 11:27 #5 by robert (robert carter)
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hi , yes to a degree I go along with what you are saying, I have also taken other steps to stop this coming back , reduced the lighting hours to 6 hrs ,added a phosphate remover into the e1500 filter increased the aeration and stopped the midday feed . so just two feeds a day so hoping the catfish will keep the gravel cleaner and that the rosy barbs will eat algea . basicly the more hungry the fish are the better they are at scavaging food . finally after all the post about water changes I am going to increase these

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