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My 55g is infested with either Bryopsis or GHA. Most of the natural predators ignore the stuff.. The only one that seems to be interested in the pencil urchin. I am usually not a fan of chemical treatments, but I have been doing some reading on the subject and decided to give it a try. I ordered a vial of Flux Rx. Put it into the tank on Oct 29. This product is basically Fluconazole. As you can see in the attached pictures, I manually cleaned most of the rocks with some pretty good success. Unfortunately, the remaining affected areas are not something that can be easily removed for cleaning. I will be posting updates here throught the process to document the treatment.

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Algae, the universal battle. Just curious how old your tank is? I too have a 55g, 6 months old, and while I haven't had any severe algae outbreak (yet) I do have some pretty good film algae on the glass and rocks. My diamaond watchman goby seems to keep the sand so clean that algae doesn't even get a chance to start there. I have a tuxedo urchin and fair number of snails who do work on the glass and rocks, but don't seem to get the upper hand. While I clean the front and side glass with a flipper I have let the back glass go a bit, but I think I'm going to try to work that a bit more to clear some of it out. What I discovered today is that once it gets well established on the glass it's quite a bit harder to clean off as opposed to keeping on top of it.
 

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I used flux rx for bryopsis and it worked, but was not great for some areas in shade. I recently read on a post here that photosynthesis is part of the mechanism of action, so that would explain my shaded algae. Just something to keep in mind. Scrubbing the shaded areas with a steel tooth brush like tool/brush took care of it.
 

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My 55g is infested with either Bryopsis or GHA. Most of the natural predators ignore the stuff.. The only one that seems to be interested in the pencil urchin. I am usually not a fan of chemical treatments, but I have been doing some reading on the subject and decided to give it a try. I ordered a vial of Flux Rx. Put it into the tank on Oct 29. This product is basically Fluconazole. As you can see in the attached pictures, I manually cleaned most of the rocks with some pretty good success. Unfortunately, the remaining affected areas are not something that can be easily removed for cleaning. I will be posting updates here throught the process to document the treatment.

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Pencil Urchin was a workhorse for me for 5 years....until he got a taste for my Kenya Trees lol....back to LFS it went . Still have a pincushion and short spine black. Curious to see how this goes . You like I with chemicals. I did the Chemiclean once and it worked, thankfully but it was also a headache for a few months afterwards.... 6 of one half dozen another as they say lol. Best of luck with the treatment
 
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Update: Well it has been 8 days since I added the Flux Rx to my tank and the results are looking good. The algae is not gone completely yet, but it appears that it is on it's way out. I can clearly see that there is less of it, and it is not growing larger or in any new places.

I will post a few pics later when I can get a glare free shot of the tank.
 
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Here are the promised pictures.. First if from Oct 31, a few days after the treatment began.. Not much change to be seen...

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And here are shots from today Nov 7. Can clearly see there is FAR less algae than when I started. It is not gone yet, but well on its way out


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