So we went crazy and sprayed everything in amounts equal to our disgust with this algae. Thanks again for sharing. We mix it in a small medicine cup and use a syringe to apply it to the algae. After a few days, the mulm started to disappear on its own. We thought about purchasing a couple of SAE’s as well, but those were not fish we wanted to keep and weren’t 100% sure that they would do the trick, so after stumbling on a video on YouTube (https://youtu.be/43bvtrORrd4) that showed the process we took (in a milder form, I’m sure), we decided to go this route. And not even using EI protocol !? Please comment below if you have any suggestions on how to remove Black Beard Algae that may be a little less harsh but effective, or how to prevent this from happening in the first place. Until then, I plan on scaling back the CO2 and ferts. Algae builds up some tolerance to Excel, similar to sensitive plants like Vals. Just please, make sure that you pay careful attention to how much H2O2 you are using because it can be harmful or fatal to the animals. I use both Excel and H202 to treat algae when necessary (i also keep plants,shrimp,snails and fish in those tanks). After hours of reading articles and posts in forums like the Barr Report, UKAPS, etc., we started the battle. I did not test the water parameters after treatment. I hate even looking at it anymore. I’m sure most aquascaping purists would scoff at what we did, but we are still pretty new to the aquascaping hobby (3 years) and we let this outbreak get out of hand before we could put a reign on things. But often, this leaves little or no flow in the tank. In this case, the H2O2 treatment followed by a single, sudden Excel spike is enough to quickly finish algae off. To strike a proper balance, it requires the correct levels of lighting, ferts, and CO2. I will continue to do it daily so it does not return. I'm still battling green long hair algae but peroxide is working. The effect of any chemical is determined by: Concentration * Flow * Time. I have the filter turned off as every video I've watched on it has said to do. You are correct in that the mix can’t be stored. I've tried it on other algae too, mostly out of curiosity rather than necessity. While I've provided this info in several threads now as personalized help, I feel it deserves a full write-up in its own thread. Return the tank to its normal configuration, including replacing filter media if it was removed. So sorry for your loss. Tank has never been cleaner. Based on your information, we could probably use a little more. The algae turned purplish for day or so and continued to grow. Below is what I did. We felt that to remove black beard algae completely, the driftwood had to go. Daily, double-dosing of Excel doesn't keep BBA at bay. I would advise not to dip the moss ball since its pretty much bunched up algae. For excel use the dosage amounts on the bottle… then do a 50/50 solution of whichever calls for the smallest volume…. basically everything common to a planted tank setup. Boil it away with a heat treatment. So instead, high flow is required to carry it around the tank, to contact the algae and have some positive effect. After that, we did two a week for the next month. Therefore, I started to trim and remove old leaves. If you decide to remove black beard algae using this method, it will work. Not any that I bought. :'(. Over the years, the tanks have sometimes been quite laborious, so with our busy lives, the less time it takes to maintain our aquariums, the better. I've researched and read many opinions on what causes BBA, but I've yet to find a clear answer. We appreciate your comment. I spot treated with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) during water changes. We scooped the fish out with one catch and put them in another aquarium, hoping that it was not too late. We worried that we might lose our mosses. Anyone here have any knowledge? Thanks for the info! had some laves almost completely covered in BBA. The video instructed to liberally douse everything in the aquarium, plants, rocks, wood, etc. Does peroxide kill coral? Background: 65g, I would say a medium plant density (mostly swords and Brazilian pennywort) Finnex planted+ 24/7, Fluval 306 canister filter and a small circulation fan. On one of my low-tech tanks, mulm was building up on the substrate. I hope that by sharing our experience, you can learn from our mistakes. Hydrogen Peroxide Dip Ratio And Time. Best for Algae - Hydrogen Peroxide. We documented the process on video and need to post it on YouTube to show everyone what not to do when applying this treatment. Hydrogen Peroxide will kill algae. This method is often used for fungi treatment on new seeds right before their germination. The video did not show the process taking place, so we didn’t know exactly how much to apply. Since I didn’t shut off my filter, I am going to test my ammonia, nitrites and nitrates every day for a week or so to see if this process killed enough bacteria to start a new cycle. I left my canister filter on the whole time. A lot of sources claim that increasing Co2 helps against BBA, but that has never worked for me. Messages 355. At this time I consider my treatment possibly safer than AlgaeFix when a powerful full tank treatment is required, and certainly usable in more circumstances. If you're doing it in a tank with fish in it. For a while, my 10 gallon high-tech tank has been having a bit of BBA on the wood and rocks. Good Luck! It does a good job with algae and parasites. Getting Rid of Black Beard Algae (BBA) on Driftwood. It's a ratio of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 150 parts water. We are considering a bottom feeder besides the shrimp, but haven’t decided on what yet. The Black Beard Algae was dying. Apr 27, 2020; Thread Starter #6 OP . Flying Foxes eat BBA. Our hope is that those visiting this post will learn from our mistake. Please note: … Posting your own video would be a great idea, Ben! Typically, the first thing done is to turn off the filters and lights. I turn off filtration and let the water settle. How long after treatment did you wait before adding fish? You can add algae eaters to the tank. RyanD. Mr. Aqua 12 Long Aquascape – From Conception to Completion. BBA is till growing but maybe a little slower. By Marios Alexandrou on August 8, 2018. You can get hydrogen peroxide (3%) from the local stores near you and use it to remove BBA from your tank. Your email address will not be published. By the time I got about 30g out of the tank, it had been 30 minutes of “full strength” peroxide (2Tbsp per 10g of water). per 10G, down from 4 tbsp. I started a new set up using pond dirt a substrate, fertilizers under the substrate so the plants feed through the roots. So far I've managed to kill the BBA (it turns pink), but the verdict isn't in on whether I'm significantly damaging the plant leaves. We wish you the best of luck removing this stubborn plague. To get rid of the black beard algae in your aquarium for good you should: Dip all of the affected decor in Hydrogen Peroxide. This has worked very well on filter components, the top of my heater, and on driftwood. My 3 zebra loaches were fine right after I did it. Thanks for your reply. Use a syringe or a spray bottle. I also replaced the liquid in my drop checker. oldsalt777. Water changes are done weekly using a 50/50 mix of RO and dechlorinated tap. Did you notice any impact to your biofilter? In the case of blue-green algae: 8 to a maximum of 15 ml of the 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide per 50 liters of water. It laughs at high CO2, H2O2 spot treatments, and Excel spot/tank treatments. I thought about ordering some SAEs to eat the algae but by the time I quarantine them and add them to my tank, it will be covered in BBA. So the light has no effect, in the time scales we're working with. That did not work. Hydrocotyle leucocephala “Brazilian Pennywort”, Micranthemum Monte Carlo – Planting the Right Amount, CO2 in the Planted Aquarium – A Necessary Luxury. Then on some of the rocks and substrate. While we bombed the tank, the fish and shrimp were swimming around frantically. What a terrible and avoidable loss. This looked promising! Member. I am still not quite clear what’s stopped the BBA. If needed, we were going to continue to spot treat with Excel and H2O2 until the BBA was eradicated. It was about 5 minutes from the time I began spot treating to the time I poured the remainder in the tank. Virtually all of the H2O2 still exists in the tank, because without flow, very little of it has reacted with anything. There were still spots that were purple, but clearly suffering. Treating Algae in an Aquarium with Hydrogen Peroxide. Lyndon on Sep 25, 2020 Yes, hydrogen peroxide can also be used: 2-3 ml to 1 gallon of water. This is my 2 cents! I feel your pain. 3. Reply Like Reply. I wanted to see if it grew or spread after adding the CO2. Reactions: Roger D and brandon429. Keep that in mind should you decide to try it, and if you do, please share your results in this thread. WARNING! I couldn’t find the exact cause, so I was messing around every single day adjusting lights intensity, photoperiod, regulating the co2 you name it, peroxide! Mix 25ml of 6% Hydrogen Peroxide (pictured) with 75ml of tank water in a small container, deep enough to cover your zoa plug. If there are any underlying problems that caused the algae outbreak in the first place, correct them so your tank stays algae-free. I have 3 Flying Foxs and they don't touch the stuff. The H2O2 would kill it. Do a 50% water change, or more if you know it's well tolerated. ), but with proper maintenance, trimming, lighting and CO2 level adjustments, we have found the right balance for our scapes without having to purchase and use various fertilizers. It has been a couple of years since we did this, and it still makes my stomach turn a little when I think about what it did to the animals in this tank. The shrimp are swimming around happily and several of them are pregnant, so it shouldn’t be long before we have another population explosion of RCS. Basically, our setup was a ghost town for a month while the BBA was dying. 2 mins; Hygrophila polysperma? I then took my circulation fan off the glass and blew it all over the tank for another five minutes to make sure there was good circulation. So, I’m going to try dosing with Excel first and reducing my lights to 8 hours from 10. The algae was almost completely gone from the rest of the tank. We decided to remove the piece of driftwood that was our centerpiece. I've got quite a bit of BBA in a tank and have used hydrogen peroxide on the affected areas. To kill Black Beard algae with hydrogen peroxide, you need to soak any affected plants, decorations, and aquarium equipment for around three minutes in undiluted 3% H 2 O 2. Less hardy algae may be effectively killed by this alone, especially if flow was good. It may take another half hour before H2O2 is sufficiently reduced. Thanks for the comment Wendy, it’s good to know we’re not the only one to make that mistake. Other solutions may damage the surrounding aquatic life in the tank or throw off the water's PH balance. I am convinced that it was the co2, I am not sure if it is the 50% water changes, Siamese algae eaters that I added, stopping co2, EI dosage or a combination of all. Like I send in my original post that I tried everything. I've had some recent success with Excel. SOS doesn't behave quite according to the rules. Removal of Black Beard algae with hydrogen peroxyde - YouTube I feel like a slave to my planted aquarium. Please read the entire thread for details before experimenting. I’ve also noticed that the H202 begins to lose its effectiveness once the bottle has been opened. And will diffuse into water and oxygen after 24 hours. 4. So, let's know what are the most effective ways to battle the Black Beard algae. A little of each of the mosses survived, and she attached some to the new wood along with some Hygrophila pinnatifida. Get yourself a spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide, when you do your water change in your tank, spray a medium amount of HP wherever the Black beard algae is. But the truth is, most people perform this treatment completely wrong. Hydrogen peroxide dip? Use of Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) Bath. But all of our Chili Rasboras were huddled at the top of the water in one corner of the tank. We have a video of our process and the results after 6 months that I will post as soon as I figure out how to make a quality video. hydrogen peroxide saves the day! Great information! I would love to explain the science behind why our setups are flourishing so well, but don’t have the research to back any claims. How long do you wait between the First Punch of H2O2 and the Second Punch of EXCEL treatment? We have had some setbacks as the article points out, and BBA has thus far been one of the biggest issues. Should I ever have an invasive clado problem, I expect this might be able to eliminate it. As I said before, Concentration * Flow * Time. If we had continuous setbacks, I would definitely have to do more homework on EI dosing. As shown in the picture below, the Black Beard Algae would turn gray and die off in spots, but I couldn’t keep up. I have two methods for spot treating. If the link above doesn't work, here is a full description: In the case of green algae: 25 to a maximum of 35 ml of the 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide per 50 … No improvement. If your sole source of flow is your filters, you'll have to temporarily remove the filter media to a bucket of tank water, and leave the filters on. Your email address will not be published. The only success I've had is with hydrogen peroxide particularly when I use it for spot treatments. This stuff smothered our mosses, covered all the plant stems, and started growing on our substrate. There are several methods for removing black beard algae. :'(, I see you had the same problem, followed the same video, and had the same results I did. I use straight 3% H2O2 dip for 5 minutes or a <1.5% mixture for 15-30 minutes. Neon Blue Rasbora – The Perfect Blue Nano Species. Right away? If you weren't already using Excel, or were using it at the recommended dose, add Seachem's recommended initial dose of 5ml per 10G. There were a few small spots I missed, but decided to leave there as a “controll group”. Make sure to submerge the plants in the solution for no more than 5 minutes! Like most algae it likes high light, but will thrive in medium light if flow is high. Name Email Message. also you can just combine the proper excel dose above with the H202 ratio above (not a strict 50/50 mix) and do it that way…. I don't think you have too many plants seems like they have room to swim. I had the tank back to capacity at about 45 minutes. It was originally developed to deal with what I call my SOS, "Staghorn On Steroids", as featured in my signature. Hydrogen Peroxide, nothing, Excel a wast of money. I just dosed my tank 4 hours ago. Time to say goodbye, black beard algae! For areas of my aquarium that can be exposed with water changes, I will use a spray bottle to cover the BBA with hydrogen peroxide. This is a technique I've developed. The black beard algae still looked the same except there was noticeably less of it. He said that when he returned home, the Black Beard Algae was gone and his fish were fine. If this is done, the increase in safety is actually enough that concentration can be increased. I've seen mine do it, ripped it off and ate it like it was cotton candy. We trimmed away infected plants and scraped the hardscape. I then wait 15 to 20 minutes before adding water back to the tank. We still use a 50/50 mix of Excel and H202, but these days we spot treat BEFORE the BBA gets out of hand. Then I use a syringe to squirt Excel onto the BBA under the water. Scrape out dead worms from the surface of the dip-cup. Required fields are marked *. Alternatively, you could use an eye dropper or cue tip to apply the H202. Because the amount is small, I need to dose multiple times to hit all of the areas in the tank that have BBA. After fighting with this algae for several months, we were considering just tearing down the scape and starting over. I have been struggling with this nightmare for almost 2 years now. It will start to kill it almost immidiately and you will notice a difference within 24-48 hours. As for directions, fill your dipping container with tank water and place the frags you want to dip in that container. Hydrogen Peroxide eventually breaks down into just water so no need to worry about it harming your fish or plants. And that is the one thing we don't want the H2O2 reacting with! I've never seen any adverse effect on the more sensitive inhabitants of my tank; including otos, cories, bamboo shrimp, ramshorn and pond snails. I was about to give up and start all over again from scratch till I read somewhere that OXYGEN kills BBA, so I added air pump connected to a timer that starts exactly when the lights go off and stop when the light turn on. Recently I see the use of AlgaeFix being more freely discussed, now that certain people have finally softened their views on it, and mentioning it no longer results in guaranteed chastisement. We had problems with hair algae for a couple of weeks, but nothing we couldn’t eliminate. Then, out of nowhere, these little black dots starting appearing on the wood. Not only does it make you susceptible to BBA, but other algae and parasites as well. Like any ... how do you treat aquarium plants with hydrogen peroxide? That's good, because we don't want the H2O2 to kill too much nitrifying bacteria, nor want the H2O2 depleted at this point in reaction with these bacteria. 3 mins; Anubias? I admire his work and dedication to the hobby. It finally started to look like we wouldn’t have to replace our hardscape after all. But this treatment can burn them badly, especially on sides exposed to direct flow. The next day? Thanks for reading Susan, we are happy that this information was useful. Member. 2. We had tried so many different methods of removal, and the amount of BBA in the tank was so extreme that we were desperate. But when using this all out method, you MUST remove the livestock. Whole tank H2O2 treatments don't get much attention. What I can’t seem to figure out is, even though we keep our tanks spotless, we still had a serious issue with BBA. To treat a whole tank, you’re going to want to use between 10 – 30 ml or 2 – 6 teaspoons per 50 liters or 15 gallons. It has spread unbelievably fast after a couple of weeks. Now add 3% H2O2, at a dosage of 4 tbsp. I’ve added pressurised co2, I have 2 koralia none wave makers and 3 fluval led lamps. Everything was running smoothly until, boom! If the cause for BBA was the co2 then I understand that it is the “infamous” imbalance between light, co2 and photoperiod, but to find this so called balance is like mission impossible. Repeat steps 2-3 for 3 more plugs of Zoas. In brief: It uses a properly executed H2O2 whole tank treatment, followed by a whole tank Excel treatment, to provide a much greater algicidal effect than either alone; without noticeably increased risk to fauna or plants. I like to use a paint brush that is “almost” dripping. Please keep in touch and let us know how it went! I did at one point dose with Seachem’s line of fertilizers which can be very expensive compared to buying dry nutrients in bulk, and after a period of time did not see much of a change. During this time, redirect flow a few times if possible, to make sure all areas get covered. Robert, you need to use the "1-2-punch" method. I've heard about a few species of fish that eat BBA, but it seems different people have different experiences. What you will need to do is to soak any affected decor or aquarium plants suspected of having the algae for about 3 minutes in undiluted 3% H2O2. I have an idea why this occurs different from other hypothesis I've seen, and how it might be avoided, but that's a topic for another thread I'll soon post. When we were done nuking the tank, it was plain to see that we had covered all the algae with this mix because every bit of BBA was covered with bubbles. Required fields are marked *. Treat the Tank With H 2 O 2 We limit the amount to 1ml per gallon of water volume per treatment. The biofilter at least is now reducing the H2O2. I used to read the Barr Report every night, and I fully agree with Tom Barr’s research. I plan on adding more plants as I think with the added CO2 and increased ferts, there were not enough plants to pull enough nutrients out of the water, giving the BBA th extra nutrients. We could see that the treatment had an adverse affect on the algae. This may be a bit conservative, but was a best guess and a round number. Hydrogen peroxide can only be used to get rid of algae on zoas and other softies. was about ready to take both tanks down, but no more!! Also, you might want to comment on that video we saw to warn people about the devastation that could happen. Several times I've also had fish severely stressed or killed by AlgaeFix, and although in the majority of cases this doesn't happen, I consider it a gamble. Beautiful tank! Try not to let it drip in to areas of the rock that don’t need peroxide. I tried this “1-2-punch” this morning. At the moment I'm able to limit the BBA growth with hydrogen peroxide, but if things get worse I may consider these other approaches: I finally wiped my black algae out by adding 1/4 tsp of Hydrogen peroxide daily for two weeks. I have some anacharis, which is particularly sensitive to Excel, but which I've gradually acclimated to a normal dose; it too is unharmed by this treatment. So one day, I started to vacuum my substrate to remove the mulm, and then I added a thicker cap of my sand in an attempt to cover the mulm. So you have a high tech (lights & pressurized CO2) tank setup and you only dosing Flourish ? Replies to my comments But in a whole tank treatment, it's far more dilute. Pretty unmistakable, right? So it’s best to purchase smaller bottles. https://infolific.com/pets/freshwater-aquariums/hydrogen-peroxide-bba I put in the Blackbeard treatment from a bottle I bought from the … I added 10 Tbsp (2 per 10g @ 50g) of 3% peroxide to a glass, then added another 10 Tbsp of tank water, giving me a 50/50 mix of peroxide/water. Don't subscribe You can dip other more hardy plants like anubias or java fern. Black beard algae is a type of red algae that plagues freshwater and marine aquaria. Yes, it works, I've used it, and it's certainly easier than my method. I initially researched EI dosing while setting up our first scape in 2015, and due to information overload with being new to the hobby, soon lost track. Every week when I do a water change and the water level is low I spray everything. It seemed like some the shrimp were trying to climb out of the water while others seemed unaffected. Ferts: Our dosing regimen consists of 1 ml of Seachem Flourish Comprehensive once a week (after water change). This worked and nothing suffered from it. Otocinclus, Amano Shrimp, and Nerite Snails won't eat BBA. Edit: Bleach dip is MUCH easier to find information on. To answer your questions: 1. We were ready to tear down this setup and re-scape the aquarium, but with the countless hours and meticulous details invested in this aquascape, were not looking forward to doing that. etc. BBA primarily grows on my driftwood, but it also shows up on the top of the leaves of vallisneria and on slow-growing plants. BBA bloomed. Plants:  Rotala “Indica”, Hydrocotyle leucocephala “Brazilian Pennywort”, Hydrocotyle tripartita sp.”Japan”, Plagiochilaceae sp. They were starting to mature nicely, especially some of the more expensive and hard-to-get species like our Cameroon Moss. And they will continue to be exposed to gradually lessening concentrations, further increasing the stress, as the filter slowly removes it. Nice green algae is growing where it should, water crystal clear, all the plants and stone are clean. Yes, that's double what's typically used; as explained previously we can use a higher concentration. You just cannot dump that much of a foreign substance into their home and it be safe. It is commonly referred to as Brush algae because of its soft, fuzzy, hair-like filaments that grow attached to solid surfaces. This treatment does work, but it’s pretty extreme. We also noticed that there were fewer shrimp in the tank. We fought with it for months before we went to this extreme, and by this time it was everywhere! The Black Beard Algae is gone! In fact, the answers are often conflicting citing variables like flow, nutrients, lights, CO2 i.e. Then I stumbled across a video on YouTube (you can view it at the bottom of our post, Black Beard Algae – The Battle Begins) and decided to give this method a shot before starting over. Anyway, we scrubbed the wood and set up the tank. If they're also infested with undesirable algae, they can be treated simply by keeping them in the bucket in a dark place for a week. The next standard water change? per 10G of actual tank water volume (excluding substrate, plants, etc). Home (All Topics) → Pets & Animals → Freshwater Aquariums ↓. The enjoyment of this hobby is gone. We kept forgetting to change the water. I used a dip method 1. *Disclosure: We only recommend products we would use ourselves and all opinions expressed here are our own. But we were hopeful that this treatment was working, especially after our losses. He outgrew my tank and I took him to the fish store and now that he's gone, the BBA is growing on my driftwood again. Reduce phosphate (PO4) in the water. In my experience, CO2 is the most important nutrient, and combined with a quality substrate under a quality light spectrum, we are rarely disappointed. The results are typically very poor, at least until you get into such doses that fauna are at risk; and after a few failed attempts, most folks understandably write this option off. Algae is something that is easy to forget but your frag plugs are likely the number one source of introducing rare and very pesky algae species into your tank. But as I started to trim my java fern last week, I had noticed inside the bush that there were brown plants that were deteriorating due to age and being shaded. We purchased a Mr. Aqua 12 Long rimless aquarium last year and carefully planned the scape for months before finally setting it up. Does the bleach dip work for black beard algae? I assumed that we killed all the bacteria in the filter and must cycle the tank again. But after mixing the solution, dip only the leaves of the plants in it. Not minutes. BBA isn't affected much by light intensity as I have it growing at all levels from the substrate to the surface. 3 mins; How much declor … Turning off the filters does prevent H2O2 from flowing through the biomedia. But the fish are already getting close to suffering noticeable stress. And I mean everything that I've read on all forums and others. HYDROGEN PEROXIDE. Before you tear it down and start over, continue reading to learn how we completely removed this stubborn plague from our tank. Place first zoa in for exactly 5 minutes, then return it to tank. Apply hydrogen peroxide to the algae. Introduce black algae eating fish to your fish tank. Aquarium Background Ideas – Vinyl or Paint? I squirt it very, very slowly. I've added amazon frogbit and it's helped slow down new algae growth. This has been performed by me many times, and by others only a few. 2. Now terminate the treatment. Jun 8, 2017 #2 Fahn Fishlore VIP. Most of it had turned gray. It spread too fast. We turned down the light, cut back on the hours of lighting, and cranked up the CO2. There is no algae that causes me more grief than black beard algae aka BBA. This is one of the most popular ways over the internet and it involved using 3% Hydrogen Peroxide which you can easily and cheaply get from your local drugstore. Depending on the algae species, we recommend different dosages: In the case of blue-green algae: 8 to a maximum of 15 ml of the 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide per 50 liters of water. Works great. She says it has more character. After soaking, rinse everything thoroughly in freshwater. Before long, the little black dots started sprouting into tufts of what looked little black bushes. 3 mins; Java fern? But forts you need to find what's causing the BBA and fix it. I’m sure there are less invasive ways to remove Black Beard Algae, and if you scour the internet long enough you may be able to find them. A H2O2 spot treatment works with no flow, solely because of the incredibly high concentration at the location where it's applied. Member. Water Maintenance: We raise our Jardli glass jet outflows at night to aerate the water and try and break the biofilm on the surface (See the video here). For areas that can't be exposed, I deliver the hydrogen peroxide using a turkey baster with a thin straw attached to the end to give me more reach and precision. I do a 50% water change weekly. Unfortunately, only one made it through the night. Some amount of time is allowed to elapse, a half hour or so. First, prepare the tank. There were a few leaves I intentionally did not spot treat with either the peroxide or excel. Thank you for the feedback, Dale. However none of them say for how long to leave the filter off for. We still have bouts of algae here and there, but tend to them quickly to eliminate it. Light has no effect on the H2O2, only your ability to see what's going on. When I stopped using co2 there is nowhere BBA to be found. Dip all of the affected decor in Hydrogen Peroxide This can be done with a regular over the counter peroxide (3%). Thank you. The full concentration of H2O2 has been flowing through their gills for a half hour, completely without reason since this time did nothing to kill the algae. Bombing a tank with large amounts of H2O2 and Seachem Flourish Excel is dangerous to the animals. The most important thing is to not allow hydrogen peroxide to contact any corals or life that is not algae. Do not let the roots touch the solution, or it will kill the plant. 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