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Old 05-17-2012, 07:04 PM   #11
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How often do you clean your canister, and how ofter do you change each pad??? I have an Eheim canister which has been up for 18 days cycling my tank. I have been trying to find research on which pads to change and when.
I changed 2 of my large sponges , the floss , carbon after 30 days the 2 large sponges in the back portion I moved to the front. I put chemi-pure in replace of the carbon since I've heard great reviews.
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:07 PM   #12
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I know the internet is confusing enough but I'm going to contradict what Schism has told you. I used Red Slime Remover when my tank was new and had a cyano outbreak and it worked fantastic. Turn off the skimmer and the filter but leave the water circulating pump on (assuming you have one) as you have to keep the oxigen up in the tank. I only had to done one treatment and it was gone in 3 days and has never come back. I had no ill effects to my coral or fish. When you turn your skimmer back on its going to go nuts for about 3 days until the slime remover is out of the tank. Follow the directions and do the big water change after 48 hours, this gets rid of a lot of it too.

Now that its gone keeping it gone is the next challenge and this is when I agee with the advice already given. I have a canister and its probably why my nitrates go between 5 and 10 but I've chosen to still use it. Clean the inside regularly and don't have any of those ceramic discs or anything like that. I just use sponge for the big bits then carbon and other things that i try. With my hob skimmer, my canister and weekly waterchanges my tank, coral and fish are going great. I've always wondered if I should just shut the canister down but I'm afraid to try...lol
I know I am kinda afraid to shut off my canister, but I am gonna give it a try , however I pan on using the canyoRX to make sure I kill the canyo for good and hope the lack of canister will HELP reduce nitrates ..... Doing a big water change right now after I syphon some out :-/ ..... Oh the joys ^_^ !
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:37 PM   #13
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I have the fluval 305 so I take the 4 sponges out and rinse them very well every 2 weeks. At that time I also remove all the media and rinse them plus I'll clean out canister itself to remove the gunk. I replace the carbon once a month and the fluval chemiclean (I think thats what its called) every 2 but I may just stop using that as I don't know it really removed nitrates that much. If I decided to not use it I think i'll just leave it running empty. Is sucks water in at the bottom and puts it back up top. If nothing else it moves a lot of water...
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:48 PM   #14
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My canister has 3 sponges, one is black, one is white and one is blue. I'd imaging black is the carbon, and white is the floss? Not sure what the blue is... yet... But i'm still trying to figure it all out... Im coming over from a nano set up that had a HOB filter, so it was easy just to change the filter and your done.
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:02 PM   #15
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Ill never advise someone to take a risk that can kill livestock and cause further problems. If you use it thats your choice. Will not take care of your nutrient problem.
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GL!!!!! I hope the nitrates clear up and the CYANO clears up.
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my canister filter is in the shed. Your nitrates and phosphates will not go away with red slime remover and it won't go away with chemi-clean. It will kill cyano but it will come back if the NO3 and PO4 is still high. Reduce those and syphon out cyano and it will stop coming back. They other problem with the removers is cyano is a bacteria and the removers are an antibiotic each time you use a remover it could make it harder to get rid of the next time. So studies have been done about it building up an immunity how true it is who knows. Remove the canister filter and get reactors for your media. They are more efficent and the water is forced through the media not around it
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my canister filter is in the shed. Your nitrates and phosphates will not go away with red slime remover and it won't go away with chemi-clean. It will kill cyano but it will come back if the NO3 and PO4 is still high. Reduce those and syphon out cyano and it will stop coming back. They other problem with the removers is cyano is a bacteria and the removers are an antibiotic each time you use a remover it could make it harder to get rid of the next time. So studies have been done about it building up an immunity how true it is who knows. Remove the canister filter and get reactors for your media. They are more efficent and the water is forced through the media not around it
+1 bavass

Your problem is not the cyano, your problem is the nutrients, slime remover is temporary fix for a much bigger underlying problem that needs addressed.
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I would not bother with the cyano rx stuff, other than being ugly it in of it self isn't much of a threat unless its covering your coral. Nutrients as stated are the problem regular water changes and added water movement should help. Best to just manually remove the cyano. Suck it up when doing a water change , worked for me anyway.

I still get cyano on occasion in a dead spot, which is also the corner where I drop in the frozen shrimp food, but I have 2 koralia 750's on the way to fix that.
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I would not bother with the cyano rx stuff, other than being ugly it in of it self isn't much of a threat unless its covering your coral. Nutrients as stated are the problem regular water changes and added water movement should help. Best to just manually remove the cyano. Suck it up when doing a water change , worked for me anyway.

I still get cyano on occasion in a dead spot, which is also the corner where I drop in the frozen shrimp food, but I have 2 koralia 750's on the way to fix that.
I am using the remover to get rid and kill what's there , but I'm doing a few major water changes I did about 50 % 2 days ago , dosed with RX yesterday and gonna do another 20-40 % later today. U say you get yours in sea spots but mine is growing in in the high flow areas , the few spots behind the rock there there is no movement ,..... Cleanest spot in my tank :-/
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