Bryopsis Cure: My Battle With Bryopsis Using Fluconazole

Discussion in 'Algae (including nuisance algae and bacteria)' started by NCreefguy, Jan 19, 2017.

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    No problem.1 capsule per 20 gallons
     
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    I mixed mine in a cup and dumped it into the main display. Some people said that they were worried about the undissolved particles floating around the tank so they dumped theirs in a filter sock. I didnt have any problems at all dosing straight to the main tank.
     
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    Thanks for the info
     
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    8 days down and here we have it:

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    As you can see, things are clearing up around my pavona and sand nicely, but on the rocks is not done anything, so now I’m questioning whether this is Bryopsis or not. Going to leave it the full 2 weeks before I reattach the skimmer cup by May leave it a final week after and see. Not sure what else it could be
    I also feel like the reason this stuff isn't shifting might be because i underdosed the tank.
    I had 3x150mg tablets, so 450mg total. 20mg per gallon, tank is 24 imperial gallons (29 US gallons). So probably underdosed by around 50-100mg. Either that, or the thicker stuff in those pictures above is not bryopsis
     
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    You probably need the full dosage. I actually went one capsule over the recommended in both my tanks and it took 2 rounds. But as it hasn't even gone white, you def. need to add the full dose minimum.
     
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    Is it definitely Bryopsis what i've got then, from that image? Its 29gallons, so roughly 580mg needed...

    I'm looking at dosing 4x150mg in next time, going to wait about 2 weeks, get nitrates and phosphates down a bit more and then go for the treatment again. Have there been any huge ill effects with slightly overdosing?
     
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    looks like it but I'm pretty much a newbie yet. It does take care of other algae's but might take closer to the 21 days or longer. The treatment is for 21 days I believe and some can take a bit longer. I left my skimmer off for 9 days then put it back on when water quality suffered. I had no ill effects from 1 capsule over. The only thing I might have lost was my feather duster. Yet some of the "wild" hitchhikers survived. As I said, it took me 2 doses, and I still had 2 patches left where the light couldn't reach but they ended up going away.

    Double check, but I think you need to give it 21 days at the minimum dose and it might take 2 rounds. I did mine about 2 weeks apart. I had it super bad so was happy. Somewhere in this forum topic I started a thread to track my progress. You can check it out to see. It was a miracle fix for my tank.
     
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    Guys,

    Just for curious sake, do you remember when you first heard about using fluconazole to fight bryopsis, green hair algae and things like that?

    I know that a brazilian aquarist, Jose Mayo, M.D. started using it back in 2013. At first look many brazilian reefers tried to discredit him but he stand his position and now fluconazole is largely used by the community when comes to bryopsis and GHA.

    Dr. Jose Mayo conducted several tests between '12~'13 on his tanks and publish them accordingly at local reef forum IPAq. As IPAq shutdown his operation, they were moved to ReefClub, the biggest forum down there in Brazil.

    You can check one of his topic right here:
    Algae

    All the best!
     
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    Yes that was the forum and the people where I first heard about Fluconazole.That's in my original post. "After searching the good ole web I found that some people(some over seas) were using Fluconazole" I didn't know who came up with it though because I couldn't understand their language.
    I had to use a google translator to help understand what they were saying but that's what made me interested in trying Fluconazole in the beginning. I wish that
    I would have heard about it sooner.

    Here's a link where I mention it in the thread as well..
    https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/b...using-fluconazole.285096/page-92#post-3528957
     
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    @NCreefguy Just curious about using a micro filter (Marineland polishing filter) with the Fluconazole in the system. Will this effect anything if I keep it running?
     
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    People are still using their canister filters to help remove the dying algae but a polishing filter will probably clog up faster than you'll like. If it were me I would wait until after the treatment to use it but you can give it a shot and see.
     
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    Happy to report that it looks like the bryopis and hair algae are gone after 2 doses.First one with algae buster the the next one with fluconazole.
     
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    That's great to hear! Did you(or are you going to) run this second treatment a little longer to make sure the roots are dead as well?
     
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    Right now i am 7 days into the 2nd round.Still have the skimmer cup off,no carbon.
     
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    Sounds good. I would definitely continue the treament for another week (or two) to make sure it's all gone. You can probably go ahead and put your skimmer cup back on now if you want to.
     
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    Yea i was thinking about the skimmer cup tomorrow,wait for the carbon til next water change in about 2 weeks
     
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    Sounds good. Keep us updated.
     
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    I will.Have there been many tanks that the algae came back?
     
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    Some people have reintroduced bryopsis into their tanks or didn't run the treatment long enough(or the right dosage) to kill all of the roots and it came back in a few tanks.There's been several that I know of that had so much in their tanks that they ran more than one treatment to get rid of it all as well. If you kill all of the bryopsis,it won't return without you bringing it back into your tank. From all of the research that I/others have found there is no such thing as spontaneous generation of bryopsis without it coming from a bryopsis cell.

    GHA can come back once the conditions are right for it's regrowth. It's pretty much a part of our hobby but we're still experimenting on some low dose continuous use of fluconazole to combat this and things are looking pretty good.
     
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