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Old 07-23-2006, 11:55 AM   #11
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So if it is PO4.....what can you do about it?

My tank is over 6 months old, and I have no coralline growth.....just cyano and diatom blooms. And there is PLEANTY of it on the rocks in the tank.

Should I scrape some off a rock to help it spread it self?
See other post ....IMHHO this looks like cyano
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it could be rubbed off with my finger and it would probably come off in little sheets. i have been adding reef carb. reef complete, and reef plus to the water. Would a skimmer help here?
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Old 07-23-2006, 05:07 PM   #13
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i have been adding reef carb. reef complete, and reef plus to the water.
Most additives are really not needed when water changes are done on a regular basis. It is important to test for whatever you put in it.
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Not really. A skimmer is always a welcomed piece of equipment on any tank, however, it will not do much for PO4
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If it's Cyano, Try Chemi-clean to knock it down. I used it once a month for 3 months, now once every other month as needed. My wife likes to over feed the reef tank. Go figure?
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I have used chemi-clean in the past as well with good results. It cannot be emphisized enough, however, that the chemi-clean is only a band-aid. If you do not identify and correct the source of the cyno, it will just keep coming back.
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thanks for all the info. I have been using tap water from the start. May 6
I will be doing two water changes a month using purified water to see if anything changes. I will also be vacuuming the cyano out. Thanks again
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thanks for all the info. I have been using tap water from the start. May 6
This is most likely the problem. Tap water contains a certain amount of NO3 and PO4, depending on where you live. Getting a home RO/DI fitler will certainly help. I know it is not the most glamorous of purchases but I have found it to be essential. When I first started this hobby I had no idea just how much good source water would help in my sucess. Check out www.thefilterguys.biz for some great RO/DI options. Good luck!
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If that is cyano, I don't understand why it's not growing on the substrate/LR. Mine took over the bottom and then started on the glass, but only where it seemed to have grown up from the substrate. But that is just my experience.

One question for you. Did it start out as a bright green and the turn the color it is now?

In one pic, it looks like cyano and the others look like corraline.

I have the green now, and it is hard to get off.
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didnt change colours but i am starting to get some florescent green stuff now
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What exactly is the bright green stuff? I have it all over my glass and it is almost impossible to get off. I also have some of the brown stuff that you have on your glass as well. The brown stuff is all over the substrate and the glass. It comes off easy but spreads like crazy. Can either harm corals? TIA..........
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