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Old 07-29-2005, 06:16 PM   #21
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This is what I did.

Pulled as much off of the rocks as I could and removed the top layer of sand containing the Cyano.

I also bought a buch of Nassarius snails to churn the sand and a bunch of small blue legged crabs. For you I would recommend about 12 snails and 12 blue legs. they do a good job of keeping it all under control. I also have an Electric Orange Hermit who loves cyano. He helps alot.

It will go away eventually. if you remove most of it and get a cleaning crew to keep the rest in check, you should see it clear up in about a month.

There is a product that works very well called "Chemi Clean" It will remove the vast majority of it, But it will come back unless you take evasive action to keep it out of your tank.

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Old 07-29-2005, 06:17 PM   #22
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More LR WILL fit but there will be not much viewing area left at all. I think it is pourous I guess, I think its pretty light for the size.
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Old 07-29-2005, 06:20 PM   #23
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OK I guess I need to save a bit of money and buy myself some cleanup crew!

Alright I will see if the LFS has a star. If they dont Ill have to order one and that normally takes a week before I can go pick it up.
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Old 07-29-2005, 06:21 PM   #24
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http://www.aquariumguys.com/chemiclean2g.html

Is this the stuff?
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Old 07-29-2005, 06:26 PM   #25
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I would not recommend a serpent star for a 30 gallon (btw, serpents are different from brittle stars) the serpent will get to big for your tank.

that stuff on the link is chemi cleam. it works well, but its only a temporary fix. not a solution.

You could use more LR, but if you have some mechanical filtration, you can get away with less LR. I have 40 lbs of LR in my 37 gallon and I have a Canister Filter. its all doing a good job to keep my parameters under control.
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Old 07-29-2005, 06:36 PM   #26
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(btw, serpents are different from brittle stars)
Only to hobbiest. Biologically they are the same. Their behavior is extremely similar also. The only one to "look out" for is the green. Serpent stars have smooth legs, brittles have hairy appendages( that diffference is only recongnized by hobbiest). A 30 gal would be fine for either of them for a LONG time. If the star eventually did grow too large, it could easily be removed and transferred. Being in a relatively small tank will not cause the star any stress as it would a fish.
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Old 07-29-2005, 06:46 PM   #27
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You could use more LR, but if you have some mechanical filtration, you can get away with less LR.
Only biological filtration can replace LR-bio-wheels, bio-balls, etc. LR is a biological filter. But even bio-balls, bio-wheels, etc. can't compare to LR b/c of the added benefits of the hitchhikers and anoxic areas in/on LR. Mechanical filtration is good for occasional water polishing.
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Old 07-29-2005, 08:23 PM   #28
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I might get some of that Chemi (whatever it was, forgot, lol)

It would get rid of the cyano, and give me a chance to get a cleanup crew, so when I discontinue it they can keep up.


Also... When can I resume my regular light cycle? its on about a 12 hour cycle right now, I used to have it on a 14 hour.
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OK So which of these is the best product?

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...1&N=2004&Nty=1

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...1&N=2004&Nty=1

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...1&N=2004&Nty=1

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...1&N=2004&Nty=1


I am liking the ChemiClean (Price)
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you can try Chemi-Clean, which is safe for your corals, but as long you are doing WC and Top offs with RO water, it should be fine. for the stuff on the sand, you have to suck the sand with it. This should be only a little sand and not too much. I agree with rocketseason, you should get rid of it physically, because when it absorbs the nitrates, it stores them in the actual mass.
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